By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
April 04, 2014
A round of drenching rain on soggy ground early next week could cause flooding problems in parts of the Midwest and East.
A drenching rainstorm is forecast to sweep northeastward from the Gulf of Mexico spanning Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Enough rain can fall to push flood waters higher on area streams and rivers in parts of the Midwest, could cause flash flooding in the South and may bring the first significant flood threat of the season in parts of the Northeast
In the wake of heavy rainfall from this week, some streams and rivers will be hovering at or above flood stage from Missouri to Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan into this weekend.
National Weather Service hydrologists are expecting minor to moderate flooding to occur in parts of the Midwest this weekend, in absence of any additional rain. Rivers that bear watching in the Midwest include the Maumee, White and Wabash.
Melting snow and/or rainfall has also pushed some streams to bank full in parts of the Northeast.
The storm Sunday to Monday of next week has the potential to unleash 1 to 3 inches of rain from the central Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and New England as it moves along.
While the new storm is forecast to move along at a swift enough pace to avoid widespread flooding, it may not move fast enough to avoid flooding where streams are already high or where snow melts quickly along with the rain.