Healthy Dose of Rain

While most of us picked up under a tenth of an inch of rain due to scattered showers on Saturday, heavier rain is on the horizon.  Overnight Saturday through early Sunday, a steady, heavy rain is expected to move east out of Iowa and into northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  There may be a break or two in the rain midday Sunday, but more scattered showers are likely into the evening and early Sunday night.  Areas of fog are likely, too.

Numerous locations in eastern Iowa have picked up over an inch of rain as of Saturday evening, thanks to the flow of moisture streaming north from the Gulf of Mexico.  Five of the six major models I’ve monitored this evening continue to paint our region with over 1 inch of rain.  On the lower end of the spectrum, the RPM model is projecting 0.80″ while the Canadian GEM model cranks out 2.45″ of heavy rain in Rockford.  On average, I believe most of us will pick up around 1 inch of rain.  The highest totals will be west of the Rock River.

There is a flooding concern.  With temperatures hovering near 40 degrees, our 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground will continue to melt.  Also, with a frozen ground nearly 6 inches deep, most of the melting snow and falling rain will run off and not soak into the earth.  There will be some rises on area creeks and rivers as well as some minor urban street flooding.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on March 9, 2013

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