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      River flooding at a minimum but rises possible over weekend

      Fortunately so far, river flooding this spring has been kept to a minimum but we are watching things closely as warmer temps and some rain later this week into the weekend could lead to some rises.

      Most of this week actually looks quiet from a weather standpoint. We may see a brief sprinkle or two Tuesday, but that would be about it. The next chance for a little more light rain will be late Wednesday night into Thursday as a cold front passes by. Even then, rainfall amounts will be light with model data spitting out anywhere from 0.10-0.40" rain along that front, so less than a half inch.

      By the weekend, we expect the weather to get more active as a frontal boundary will stall somewhere in the vicinity of Northern Michigan with low pressure then developing and riding up along that boundary. The details certainly need to be worked out but right now it looks like late Saturday into early Sunday is the window where we could see some decent rain including perhaps a few thunderstorms. Any rain could lead to some rises on area rivers and streams so we will monitor that closely as we head into the upcoming weekend.

      Temperatures will top out in the low/mid-40's Tuesday and close to 50F Wednesday. By Thursday and Friday into the weekend, most of Northern Michigan will be into the 50's with a few low-60's Saturday leading to continued melting, especially across the wooded areas of Northern Michigan allowing that snowmelt to trickle into local rivers.