COMSTOCK PARK -- The Grand River near Comstock Park is now forecast to crest at major flood stage instead of moderate flood stage sometime Thursday night or early Friday morning. The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has updated that forecast due to higher than expected water levels flowing through the river upstream in Ionia County as of this writing.
The current water level is nearing 15.5' and is forecast to crest at 16.1'. Major flood stage is at 16.0', and record flood stage is 17.8'.
The flood warning for this area goes through Tuesday evening, when the river is forecast to finally fall below flood stage.
Between now and then, additional rainfall is in the forecast. A southwest flow will set up across the area this weekend into next week, which will bring a warm and humid airmass into place. However, heavy rainfall is not anticipated at this time. Forecast rain totals beginning Friday afternoon and going through Tuesday of next week are generally forecast at less than one inch. Here's a look at the European model forecast:
The above rainfall totals spread out over 4 days shouldn't be enough to significantly contribute to the flooding issues that we already have. However, people who live, work, or recreate along local rivers and streams that are flooded will have to be on guard for the next several days as many rivers in West Michigan haven't crested yet. Stay tuned to FOX 17 for further updates!