Water levels rising on local rivers

Additional rain this week along with continued melting of the remaining snowpack will lead to swollen rivers across parts of Northern Michigan

After a wet and wintry week last week, another one is in the forecast this week although it will be warmer with no real risk for snow or freezing rain.

We actually missed out on a pretty big snow event this past weekend which pummeled parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas with slick roads and accumulating snow.

Rain will cross through the area Monday with totals generally under a half inch as a cold front passes by. With temperatures in the 50's or even close to 60F in spots ahead of the front, this will be all liquid form. Rain will slowly sink southward exiting all of Northern Michigan by midnight, although the U.P. and far northern Lower Michigan will see it ending by early Monday evening.

Dry weather settles in Tuesday and Wednesday before another round of heavier rain will set up a soggy end to the week. Rain will race back across Northern Michigan Wednesday night lasting through Thursday and even into Friday. The latest analysis of this system from the 7&4 Storm Team shows this remaining as all rain through Friday (no freezing rain or snow) with the rain possibly becoming heavy at times.

With continued melting of the snowpack this week along with the predicted rain, rivers that are already in many spots near bankfull could see some minor flooding, especially later in the week. Of particular interest are the Manistee and Rifle Rivers where minor flooding is forecasted. Other rivers could also rise this week, so definitely stay tuned to the 7&4 Storm Team for the very latest updates.