Flood Potential Outlook
Issued by NWS Louisville, KY
FGUS73 KLMK 282009
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
307 PM EST SAT FEB 28 2015 /207 PM CST SAT FEB 28 2015/
...SNOWMELT AND HEAVY RAINFALL COULD CAUSE FLOODING NEXT WEEK...
The snowpack in the area contains between one half and two inches of
liquid. The snow is expected to continue melting this weekend as
surface temperatures will warm above freezing. Additional
precipitation is expected across the region tonight into Sunday with
totals of up to a half inch of new liquid. This precipitation
combined with the ongoing snowmelt will saturate the ground and
result in rises on small streams/creeks.
A second storm system is expected for Tuesday into Thursday.
Moderate to heavy rainfall with embedded thunderstorms is expected
for around 36 hours. Around two to three inches of rainfall is
expected with this new storm.
The combined rainfall from the two systems mentioned could trigger
widespread flooding across the region, especially in areas with
heavier snowpacks. Given current rainfall projections, flooding on
the major rivers would likely begin Wednesday and continue for
the remainder of the week. There is still quite a bit of
uncertainty with regards to where the heavy rain axis will set up.
Though the latest forecasts suggest it will be along or slightly
south of the Ohio River. The National Weather Service will continue
to watch these storms closely over the weekend. Residents in flood
prone areas should closely monitor water levels in the coming days
and prepare for possible flooding by midweek.