Mild temps, light rain coming — Metro weather

Members from Coast Guard Station St. Joseph's Ice Rescue Team assist the Sodus Township Fire Department in rescuing individuals from the mandatory evacuation zone due to flooding in St. Joseph Thursday Feb. 22

Mild temps, light rain coming — Metro weather

The weather service said several roads in Ashley and Chicot counties in southeastern Arkansas were flooded.

The weather service urged drivers to be cautious at night, when it's harder to recognize flooding.

Firefighters in Lake Station, Ind., about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, evacuated some residents Wednesday after about 2 to 3 feet of water surrounded 15 to 20 homes. We should see this wind down by late morning/early afternoon across central Indiana.

The watch includes the counties of Adair, Cherokee, Choctaw, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, McIntosh, Muskogee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Sequoyah.

Thunderstorms expected to roll through the state today - some potentially unsafe - are forecast to drop as much as 4 more inches of rain.

"Excessive runoff from these thunderstorms will cause minor flooding, which will affect areas in and around Nolan Creek". Schools were closed in the northern in city because of the flooding, and an emergency shelter was set up, The Elkhart Truth newspaper reported. Drivers are cautioned not to drive through standing water. Two periods of rain, today and Saturday night into Sunday, will increase the threat of flooding across the region.

Some storms may be strong to severe along and south of the warm front, which is expected to stay well south of St. Louis, impacting our far southern counties.

Rain is likely to be heavy for early Saturday morning and continue through about midday.

"This will contribute to a significant risk of flash flooding", the service said in a warning.

Our first round of rainfall will arrive overnight and linger through 7:00 A.M. ET or 8:00 A.M. ET Friday morning. It is possible that flooding could close the "bathtub" section of Interstate 376, River Avenue on the North Shore and Washington Boulevard. The warning is in effect until Sunday afternoon. Flood stage at Point Pleasant is 40 feet.

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