FLOOD WARNINGS FLOAT INTO WORK WEEK ... MOSTLY SUNNY, MARCH-LIKE MONDAY ... EVEN WARMER TUESDAY ... RAIN WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY
Overnight: Becoming mainly clear, and quiet. Lows in the upper 20s. Winds WSW 5-10 mph.
Monday: Sunny, much warmer, and a bit breezy. Beautiful! Highs near 50 degrees. Winds WSW 10-15 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, even warmer, and windy. Highs in the middle to upper 50s. Winds SSW 15-25 mph.
Wednesday: Cloudy with occasional light rain, and mild. Highs in the lower to middle 50s. Winds SW-SE 10-15 mph.
Thursday: Rain, heavy at times, transitioning to wet snow at night. Potential rainfall: 1/2" to 1"+. Highs near 50 degrees happen in the morning. Winds ESE 15-25 mph.
It's a waiting game, West Michigan! Area rivers peaked over the weekend, and will gradually fall below their flood stages over the next week. The Kalamazoo River at Comstock crested at 11.69 ft Saturday night, crushing 1947s record of 10.94 ft by almost a foot! The Grand River at Grand Rapids peaked at 20.67 ft Sunday morning, just shy of 2013's record 20.85 ft. The Grand River at Comstock Park also peaked Sunday morning at 16.85 ft, falling about a foot short of 2013's record 17.80 ft. The St. Joseph River at Three Rivers crested at 11.37 ft Friday night, and will take the longest out of all area rivers to fall below its flood stage of 7 ft. That may not happen for the people of Three Rivers until next Monday, March 5! Fortunately, the Thornapple River near Hastings is falling fast, and will be below its flood stage of 7 feet dark and early Tuesday. For more information on river levels, flood stages, etc... follow this link and click on the river you'd like to investigate.
The weather pattern will be quiet for the last few days of February, before unraveling by beginning of March. Sunshine will drive temperatures to the 50 degree mark Monday. We're forecasting an even warmer Tuesday in the middle to upper 50s. That's more like April! Winds will be blustery on Tuesday, perhaps gusting higher than 30 mph at times. It's all ahead of an incoming system which could delay retreating rivers by Thursday. Forecast models advertise heavy rain of up to or more than 1" Thursday, before rain transitions to wet snow with light, grassy accumulations Thursday night into Friday morning. Temperatures will bounce back to the middle and upper 40s for the first weekend of March, accompanied by plenty of sunshine.
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