Wet Weather in the Forecast
To say it’s going to rain might be a bit of an understatement, as the National Weather Service at Paducah, Ky forecast says the tri-state could see upwards of 2 to 4 inches of rain over the next couple days with possible amounts as much as five inches in some locations.
Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms cannot be ruled out today (wed) through Thursday. Along with the rain, locally strong winds are also expected. It was explained that with the possible wind shear forecast, a small brief tornado or two cannot be ruled out. However, the chance of tornado activity is very low.
Several upper air systems will move across the area bringing the precipitation across the Ohio Valley. The rains are expected to end Thursday evening.
The result will be a risk for considerable flooding in low lying and poor drainage areas. Rising waters on area rivers, creeks and small streams is expected. Localized flash flooding cannot be ruled out at this time.
The runoff from the expected rains will cause the Little Wabash River, here at Carmi to climb above flood stage of 27 feet.
The river measured 25 fee Tuesday and is expected to rise above flood stage Thursday evening and to near 31.9 feet by Friday night.
At 32 feet, the Little Wabash will flow up McHenry Slough and areas near Route One and 14 here in Carmi, begin to flood.