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Posted on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 8:42 a.m.

Flood watch issued as deluge of rain heads for Ann Arbor area

By Cindy Heflin

A forecast full of rain has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for the Ann Arbor area for 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday morning.


The National Weather Service says flooding of urban areas is possible the next few day.

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Several rounds of heavy rainfall will drop 2 to 4 inches of rain on the area through Thursday night, forecasters said. Flooding of urban areas, low-lying and poorly drained areas as well as rivers and streams is possible.

The weather service advised residents to monitor forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. The watch area includes all of southeast Michigan.

Anyone venturing outside the next few days had better have the umbrella and galoshes at the ready. Rain is expected every day through Friday, when we could also get some snow. On Saturday, we’ll be treated to a bit of sunshine, but more showers are possible Sunday.

Besides getting numerous showers Wednesday, the Ann Arbor area might get a thunderstorm, the weather service said. Rainfall Wednesday will amount to between a half and three quarters of an inch. A high of 49 is expected.

More rain and possibly a thunderstorm is expected Wednesday night with a low around 39. New rainfall of up to an inch is expected. The chance for rain is 100 percent.

The rain and chance for a thunderstorm continues Thursday with a high near 44. Winds could gust to 29 mph. The chance for precipitation is 90 percent. Up to three-quarters of an inch of new rain could fall.

The soggy conditions will continue Thursday night with up to another half-inch of rain possible. On Friday, both rain and snow showers are possible with a high near 44.

We’ll get a glimpse of the sun on Saturday, when the forecast calls for partly sunny conditions and a high near 42.

Sunday, more showers are possible, but it will be warmer with a high near 52.

For updated forecasts and weather conditions any time, check's weather page.



Thu, Apr 11, 2013 : 12:19 a.m.

@ DeeDee I'm with ya all the way! Man, do we need the rain! The river has been running mid-summer low, and has barely risen from that level today. Keep it coming! (Although I'll pass on the snow).


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 7:17 p.m.

Such great news! After last year's terrible drought, and the resulting poor or non-existent hay, corn and bean crops for many local farmers, this is much needed. Rain (and snow!) this week will help produce a better harvest this summer. Hoping not to have to drive hundreds of miles to pick up hay again next fall.

Ann English

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 11:43 p.m.

I've noticed the grass turning green today. Could be the rain and snowmelt helping activate the chlorophyll, turning the yellow grass green.


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 4:45 p.m.

It has been raining cows and horses here in Dexter with thunderbooms as well. This has been going on for over a half hour now.

Linda Peck

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 10:17 p.m.

justcurious, don't you think it is curious that some people gave you a vote down? Why? You said nothing at all controversial or strange. Anyone, it rained cats and dogs over here in Ann Arbor at the same time you had the cows and horses.

Bertha Venation

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 6:24 p.m.

It really is... in fact, I thought I was going to drown the udder day.

Bertha Venation

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

Looks like it's pontoons for the ATH (All Terrain Hoveround).

Bertha Venation

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 5:23 p.m.

Great idea, tdw!


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 3:45 p.m.

Can you is there a add on so you can turn that bad boy into a hovercraft ?

David Cahill

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 1:39 p.m.

Considering the track record of previous NWS alerts, look for occasional scattered showers.


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 1:36 p.m.

did you say snow? no snow! I refuse to acknowledge snow! it's april, enough snow already!


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 11:13 p.m.

No, now that the snowblower is behind the compostable cart no more snow is allowed!

Chester Drawers

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 5:44 p.m.

I have seen snow here (at least a few flakes) in every month but July and August.


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 4:44 p.m.

Well I've seen snow in May here before.


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 1:20 p.m.

Cindy, I was just on the NWS web and I thought it said a high of 44 and winds gusts to 24 mph.

Cindy Heflin

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 4:17 p.m.

WalkingJoe: Good catch. It's actually a high of 44 and winds gusting to 29 mph.


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 1:21 p.m.

That's for Thursday.