WEST MICHIGAN (April 13, 2014) — Despite the heavy rains and severe weather we’ve experienced this weekend, more is on the way Sunday night in to Monday mid-day. The National Weather Service reports that some locations have already seen between three and four inches of rain thus far from this system.
The heaviest has fallen across portions of Oceana, Mason, Mecosta, and Osceola Counties. Other areas north of Grand Rapids have tallied anywhere from one to three inches. There are several FLOOD WATCHES and FLOOD WARNINGS in effect across the area…for the latest click here.
Another one to two inches of rain/thunderstorms (some isolated severe storms are possible with wind as the primary threat) are expected overnight as the entire frontal system and associated cold front move through the region. Rivers will continue to rise, but many of them may not see the full crest or peak until later this week when the moisture eventually runs off and finds its way in to the basins.
You can click here to see all the rivers in West Michigan that may be at/near bank full, or approaching/surpassing flood stage. Make sure to click on each river point to see where the level is now and what it is forecast to reach.
Once this system slides to our east, rain showers will taper off Monday morning/mid-day, but may mix with or changeover to light snow showers in the afternoon/evening as temperatures fall through the 40s and eventually in to the 30s. Accumulations should be confined to the grassy areas. Monday will be a breezy, cold, raw day! That said, we may see some sunshine Tuesday afternoon, but high temperatures are only expected to reach the upper 30s/near 40. Another warm up begins on Wednesday.
Make sure to stay up on later forecasts if you live next to a creek, stream, river, or some type of tributary. Water levels are expected to rise (especially if you’re north of Grand Rapids where the heaviest rain has fallen) but it may take a few days before it all shakes out.
Clean up efforts also continue across our northern counties after Saturday’s severe weather and wind damage. The strongest storms produced straight line winds between 60 and 80 mph. Since we already had a very saturated soil from this past winter, it didn’t take much for heavy rain with strong, gusty winds to topple trees across the area.
The attached photo is a snapshot taken at the Rogue River and dam in Rockford. This river in particular is forecast to see moderate flooding from the heavy rains. See hydrograph below.
Make sure to check radar, temperatures, and get the complete 7-day forecast at www.fox17online.com/weather.