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Environment & Climate Change

Snow melt, rain could cause flooding this week

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Rain is in the forecast for much of Michigan.

Here’s the good news.

The snow and ice that shut down many Michigan schools this morning are on their way out as temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-40s across much of the state.

But the warming brings its own set of problems. Foremost among them is flooding.

The National Weather Service explains it this way:          

A slow moving cold front and associated wave of low pressure is forecasted to cause heavy rain Tuesday night. A very moist airmass will be in place as the front pushes through. That will enhance the rain and snow melt. Thus an elevated risk for flooding of small streams and rivers will exist.

A flood watch will be in effect from Tuesday night through Wednesday for parts of west and central Michigan.

The warm air could also produce dense fog as it cools and condenses over snow, but it won’t last long.

A freeze is expected to set in by the end of the week.

Check out the National Weather Service for updates.

- Jordan Wyant, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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