Flood Watch issued for most of West Michigan


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Heavy rain is set to move into West Michigan Saturday evening, lasting through Monday morning.

Friday, the National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa and Van Buren counties until 8 a.m. Monday.

Incoming rain is expected to cause areas of flooding across West Michigan, which have already picked up more rain than usual over the past several months.

TIMING

Rain arrived late Saturday afternoon and continued through Sunday. We should have lasting lighter showers on Monday.

All of West Michigan is expected to receive around two inches of rain. A few areas will see up to three or four inches of rain.

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Expected rainfall Saturday night, April 29, 2017 through Monday afternoon. (Courtesy Weatherbell)

 

Flooding is expected along the Grand River in Ionia County (Fairgrounds) this weekend and along with the Maple River in Clinton County.

Some areas that have the potential to flood this weekend and increase to a Flood Watch include the following locations: Grand River in Kent County near Comstock Park, Portage River in Kalamazoo County near Vicksburg, Sycamore Creek in Ingham County near Holt and the Looking Glass River in Clinton County near Eagle. You can follow current flow levels on Michigan rivers here.

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Those who live or frequently travel near these watch areas need to be on the lookout for rising waters starting Saturday and lasting through early next week.

WE ARE ALREADY RUNNING ON THE WET SIDE

The past 30 days have trended wetter than usual across West Michigan. Some areas have seen one to three inches more rain than average.

Almost all of West Michigan is painted light blue in the below graphic, meaning areas have received 150 percent of their average amount of precipitation in the last 30 days.

AHPS graphic of the percentage of rain seen in Michigan over the past 30 days as of April 28, 2017.

 

SEVERE WEATHER:  This is the Severe Weather Outlook map for Saturday PM/night from the Storm Prediction Center.  There is a large (orange) Enhanced Outlook from Texas to far SW Illnois.  At least several tornadoes are likely in the Enhanced Area.  The (yellow) Slight Risk comes up past Indianapolis and the (dark green) Marginal Risk is south of a line from Peoria to Toledo.  Southern Lower Michigan is in the (light green) General Thunderstorm Outlook – no severe weather expected here.

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