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Parkland sees heavy rainfall

If you’re a fan of rain, you have a lot to be happy about because southeast Missouri has been absolutely drenched over the past 36 hours, having received anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain.

Add that to an already overly-saturated ground and it’s no wonder that the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for St. Francois and its surrounding counties through 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

Heavy rainfall was expected to result in flooding of low lying or poor drainage areas, roads and ultimately flooding on smaller creeks and streams. Significant rises on larger streams and rivers were also possible.

While Wednesday is going to offer some respite from the rain, Thursday will see the Parkland facing a 90 percent chance of rain. As of now, it appears Friday will be partly cloudy and mostly dry, but the chance of rain returns Saturday through Tuesday of next week. There’s even a possibility that the region may see a little bit of snow Sunday evening — but don’t get your sleds out of storage just yet. It will likely only be a dusting and is not expected to total more than an inch.

As far as temperatures for the next week, highs in the 50s are predicted, except on Easter Sunday and the following Monday when NWS forecasts that the highs are expected to only reach 39 and 47 degrees, respectively.

Morning lows will be chilly, with temperatures ranging from the 20s to the 40s, but add in rain and any wind and we could see some uncomfortable wind chills. In any case, the best thing Parkland residents can do is carry a raincoat and umbrella until the end of next week when things might begin to dry out.

Drainage ditches in the Parkland saw water flowing at a much higher volume than usual as storms brought 1 to 3 inches of rain to the region Tuesday. Today should be a lot drier, but more rain is coming to the area Thursday and will remain in the forecast over the next week — so keep a raincoat and umbrella handy just in case.

Drainage ditches in the Parkland saw water flowing at a much higher volume than usual as storms brought 1 to 3 inches of rain to the region Tuesday. Today should be a lot drier, but more rain is coming to the area Thursday and will remain in the forecast over the next week — so keep a raincoat and umbrella handy just in case.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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