DENSE FOG ADVISORY FOR RACINE, KENOSHA, AND WALWORTH COUNTIES UNTIL 10:00 AM MONDAY. PLEASE BE CAREFUL DRIVING LATE TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MORNING DUE TO PATCHY NATURE OF DENSE FOG.
Don’t you love nice surprises? Today looked like it was going to be cloudy with light rain showers or drizzle, but the dry air won the battle. That means we had a spectacular day making four days in a row with sunshine and mild temperatures. That is pretty special for March. I hope you enjoyed it because the great streak is about to end. We still have one more nice day on Monday so soak in the sunshine before a slow moving low pressure center moves in for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Take a look at the expected amounts of rain for the next five days from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. This time of year we keep a close eye on rainfall forecasts because of the combination of snowmelt and rainfall.
The chances of a major spring flood is pretty remote in Wisconsin, but the Dakota’s, Minnesota, and Iowa are at a big risk of flooding due to a much greater than normal snowpack. The heaviest rains look to miss Wisconsin, but an inch to an inch and a half of rain is possible in the Dakota’s and Iowa. This will begin to create some flooding problems and those areas will be watching the forecast very closely. Here is the spring flood forecast:
You can see from the flood risk map the Red River is a major concern for flooding this spring. In southeast Wisconsin, much of the snowpack has melted so we have a lessor chance of flooding this spring. The northeast part of the state ended with much less snow than normal so inland lake levels will likely stay below normal there. As always, pay close attention to the forecast and thanks for reading the blog.