Rivers may rise significantly this week
As we head a little bit deeper into spring, some localized lowland flooding can occur most years along some of our rivers and streams due to melting snow.
That is certainly the case this week with some recent rainfall along with melting snow. There are bigger concerns later this week as the 7&4 Storm Team is predicting rounds of heavy rain Thursday into Friday which could significant rises on already high river water levels.
The Pere Marquette River at Scottville in Mason County is close to bankfull and is expected to slowly fall over the next day or two
Another river of concern is the Manistee River in Wexford County. The river gauge at Sherman near Mesick recorded a reading of 14.4-ft early Tuesday with flood stage at 15-ft. The Manistee will continue to slowly fall through Thursday.
In Osceola County, the Muskegon River near Evart is sitting at 11.5-ft which is above bankfull stage, but still a bit short of full flood which is when the river reaches a depth of 12-ft. Some lowland flooding is occurring with relatively minor flooding.
Other rivers of concern include the Chippewa and Rifle rivers.
The big concern will be Wednesday night through Friday as a sprawling spring storm system over the Central Plains will draw ample moisture northward. Point being, it's going to rain and a lot of it. There is a window of 1-3" rain totals across parts of Northern Michigan starting late Wednesday night through Friday. This rain will lead to what could be significant rises on area rivers, especially those along/south of highway M-32 Thursday into the upcoming weekend with the potential for minor to even moderate flooding.
We are monitoring this closely and will keep you updated.