More Rain On The Way

May 7, 2013

The past weekend did not bring as much rain as predicted, with rain accumulations falling short of the anticipated 5 inches.

Regardless, the rain left the region soggy and river levels will continue to rise.

Dan Spaeth is a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Paducah. He says much of the area received between 2 and 3 inches of rain and the region will see a chance for more rain every day this week.

“We will have pretty much daily chances of showers and thunderstorms. I haven’t seen a signal for a major widespread heavy rain event in that time frame, but you could certainly have localized heavy rain,” Spaeth said.

Upstream rain has led to a swollen Mississippi River. The river is expected to crest in Cape Girardeau at 41 and a half feet on Wednesday, such six inches shy of the major flood stage.

Spaeth says the continued rain won’t have a huge impact on river levels.

“It may kind of slow the fall some if we continue to get rain here over the next week, but I don’t think that it’s going to have a huge impact,” spaeth said.

Spaeth says even though there are no widespread rain events in the forecast, some areas could certainly see localized heavy rain.