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Monday Forecast: Flooding Starts to Subside

Posted at 6:07 AM, Apr 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-22 06:07:53-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The day after the Grand River crested at a record stage of 21.85 feet in Grand Rapids, dry and seasonable weather will allow waters to start to very slowly recede.

Mostly sunny skies are forecast for Monday, with temperatures warming up into the low 60s in the afternoon on a southerly breeze.

Rain showers will develop early in the day Tuesday and generally increase through midday into the afternoon.  Rainfall amounts between one-half and one inch are likely before the showers end early Wednesday morning.

A cold front will force temperatures downward late Tuesday, with cooler conditions on the way for Wednesday and Thursday.

As for river levels, most areas will start to see water subside gradually, although rain tomorrow will keep the water high for a bit longer.  Most smaller streams will fall below flood stage Tuesday, with the Grand River taking until Thursday or Friday to fall back within its banks.

You can find updated river level forecasts on the National Weather Service hydrology page, and the rest of the 7 Day Forecast on the Weather page.