Here is an awesome picture of the full snow moon sent in by Brow that was officially full on Monday. It is the calm before the storm and usually we would be talking a huge snowstorm this time of year but instead with April temperatures we have a spring-like storm that will include everything from heavy rain to thunderstorms, high wind gusts, and even some snow flurries on its backside.
There is good news and bad news. The good news is that the latest models do verify our weather team forecast of keeping rain amounts under two inches. This is critical for our area and means that only minor flooding is expected. But remember all flooding needs to be taken seriously and we will still need to keep an eye on thunderstorm activity late tonight and tomorrow morning to make sure we do not have any training. I will have the forecast water levels posted here shortly along with the flood watches. The Wabash will not go above flood stage until tomorrow evening.
The bad news is that I had to put 65 mph wind gusts in our forecast from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Keep in mind these are outside of thunderstorms. I think the main squall line misses us well to the south and east but the high winds will not. I will have your wind graph posted here shortly as well. I am worried about our soft, saturated ground. This means it will not take much to topple trees which could fall on power lines creating a big mess. We have also seen some roof and shingle damage in this type of set-up as well. Please secure all loose objects tonight before you go to bed. Our high wind warning goes into effect Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Thursday at 1 a.m.
Snow update: Two to four inches of snow on the way for Saturday. While we will not see a big storm, it will be enough to get your attention. I will keep you updated and talk more about this hurricane-like storm system on the way.