Good Saturday bloggers,
It is a weekend without a storm which seems like forever. But, due to all of the storm systems we are seeing significant river flooding. The Missouri river may set a record crest at Atchison on Tuesday of 31.8 feet, breaking the old record of 31.6 feet set in 1993. That is saying something.
There are areal flood warnings from Wisconsin to eastern Nebraska with river flood warnings covering the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The Mississippi river is in a flood warning all the way to the Gulf coast.
It is not uncommon for there to be river flood warnings in March as you get snow melt, rain and due to the frozen ground the rain does not all soak in. So, flooding can be a problem. What is uncommon is the amount of flooding and the record crests. This due to the endless storm systems. The next 5-7 days we are in a bit of a break, but a system on Tuesday will bring some heavy downpours. Fortunately, it is not a big storm. However, this is the same pattern, and the nonstop storm systems will start up again next weekend and last for some time.
TODAY: We will see great weather for Snake Saturday. It will be sunny with a southwest breeze at 10-15 mph out ahead of a weak cold front. This will take temperatures close to 60°. It will be very nice out at the parade in Brookside where Gary and Sunny are the Grand Marshals. A small area of rain and snow will be possible in northeast Iowa.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY: A weak cold front will drift by turning our winds to the north at 5-10 mph. There will still be abundant sunshine with highs a bit cooler around 50°. The front will be stalling in southwest Kansas as it becomes a warm front in response to the next storm system.
DRUNK DRIVING WARNING is in effect in the memory of all those killed or injured in drunk driving accidents. Nathan McDuffy was killed over 20 years ago. Please DO NOT drink/text or drive.
MONDAY: It will be another dry day with increasing clouds as our next storm system begins to form. Highs will be around 50° and you can see a small area of rain forming in northwest Kansas.
TUESDAY: The small area of rain in northwest Kansas will grow and track slowly east Monday night and Tuesday evolving into a decent area of rain. It will affect much of Kansas and Missouri and a little bit farther north. There may be some snowflakes mixed in as temperatures will be 35°-45°. There will also be embedded heavy downpours.
RAINFALL FORECAST: Nebraska and Iowa, upstream, will see amounts of a trace to .50″. Kansas to Illinois will see .25″ to 1″. This may not hurt the flooding, but it won’t help. Heavier amounts are possible south into Oklahoma. You know it is a wet pattern when even the small systems bring substantial totals.
Tuesday is the one main day of rain through Friday. More rain is possible next weekend as the next storm arrives and this will start a prolonged period of active weather.
Have a great weekend.