Minor flooding possible with heavy rain, melting snow in Mid-Michigan

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (2/18/2018) - A taste of spring will bring the chance for some minor flooding around Mid-Michigan, as heavy rain over three days melts off the remaining snow pack.

Rain showers are expected to begin Monday morning and pick up in intensity through the day. By the end of Wednesday, some areas of Mid-Michigan could pick up more than 3 inches of rain.

Coupled with melting snow and mostly frozen ground, a lot of that precipitation will run off the ground rather than soaking in.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch generally from the U.S. 127 corridor to the west. Counties included in the watch are Clinton, Gratiot, Isabella and Roscommon.

The remainder of Mid-Michigan to the east of those counties is under a hydrologic outlook, advising residents to be aware of the potential for minor flooding.

Minor flooding is expected along Kearsley Creek in Davison, which could crest Tuesday morning about 6 inches above flood stage, and the Saginaw River in Saginaw, which could crest Wednesday morning about 18 inches above flood stage.

The Shiawassee River in Owosso, Cass River in Frankenmuth and Tittabawassee River in Midland all are expected to crest just below their flood stages this week.

Beyond rivers, the National Weather Service is warning that some roadways and low-lying areas could also see minor flooding from the rainfall and snow melt runoff.

Meteorologists are reminding residents who live near storm drains and culverts to make sure they are clear of debris. With the amount of water expected this week, a minor backup could easily turn into a pond.

The same system bringing all this rain to Mid-Michigan is expected to dump more than a foot of snow on some parts of the Upper Peninsula. Temperatures will be too warm for snowfall in most of the Lower Peninsula.

Much above average temperatures are coming for the first half of the week. The high temperatures on Tuesday could flirt with the record of 61 degrees for Flint set in 1929 and 62 degrees in Saginaw set in 1930.

High temperatures in the 40s are forecast for the remainder of the work week. Average high temperatures in the second half of February are just above the freezing mark.

Three inches or more of rain is expected across parts of Mid-Michigan from Monday through Wednesday.

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