What kind of flooding can we expect in Cuming County? The National Weather Service has issued a hydro-logic outlook for potential river flooding. It’s based on both observed and forecast precipitation.
The rivers may respond differently than indicated if actual precipitation is greater or less than expected. More statements, possibly warnings, will be issued as additional information becomes available.
At 9:15 AM Monday, the stage at the Elkhorn River at West Point was 8.4 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. No flooding is occurring and minor flooding is possible. Flood stage may be reached Thursday evening and the river could rise to 12.3 feet early Friday morning. Additional information is available at: http://www.water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=oax. The hazardous weather outlook for our area calls for light freezing rain for a couple of hours tonight laying down a light glaze of accumulation which could lead to slick spots on sidewalks and roads. A flood watch has been issued for Tuesday night and Wednesday. A strong and moisture rich storm system will affect the Plains tonight through Thursday and will likely produce heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms over the region, with 1 to 3 inches of rain possible Tuesday into Thursday. Runoff from heavy rain, along with additional melting of snow cover, saturated soils and thick ice cover on area rivers will significantly increase the risk of river flooding and ice jams. Anyone with interests long area rivers should monitor the rain forecast and river levels closely going forward. gusty winds are forecast Thursday afternoon and Thursday night with peak gusts in the 40 to 55 mph range possible. Expect potentially hazardous cross winds along east west highways. Rain may transition to wet snow Thursday with light accumulations possible.