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Posted on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 4:18 p.m.

Flood watch issued as heavy rain, cold head for Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

Heavy rains expected to move into the Ann Arbor area Saturday night have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch.

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Heavy rains will make flooding possible in the Ann Arbor area, the National Weather Service warns.

Rainfall could total 1 to 1.5 inches, forecasters said. That much water, combined with recent rainfall and snow melt, could lead to flooding of creeks and streams and urban areas, the weather service said.

Minor river flooding is also expected. The flood watch is in effect from 10 p.m. Saturday through Sunday morning.

The heavy rain follows a two-day period of unseasonably warm weather.

The temperature stood at 59 degrees at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport, according to the National Weather Service. A high of 59 would break the previous high record of 58, set in 1898, according to records kept by Dennis Kahlbaum, University of Michigan Weather observer.

Highs were also near 60 on Friday, but much colder weather is ahead.

The rain is expected after 8 p.m. Saturday. The low will drop to about 36 degrees and winds will gust to about 22 mph, forecasters said. The flood watch area includes Washtenaw, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne counties.

Rain will continue Sunday before 1 p.m., then change to rain and snow. Forecasters predict a high of 41. Snow accumulation of less than 1 inch is expected.

Sunday night, there’s a chance of snow showers before 1 a.m. The low will drop to around 22.

Monday, it will be mostly sunny but much colder with a high of only 29. Through Friday, the National Weather Service predicts highs near 30 and lows around 20.

Cindy Heflin is associate news director at Contact her at or 734-623-2572 or follow her on Twitter.


Rick Stevens

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 6:57 p.m.

So much for flood watches and 1-1.5 inches of rain - we also got just .6 of an inch.

David Cahill

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 5:38 p.m.

We got 0.6 inches of rain overnight here on Broadway.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:39 p.m.

Where's the photo from? Is this in Ann Arbor? Hurricane Sandy?


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 6:56 a.m.

According to the Weather Bureau, we will NOT receive any SNOW for the rest of the "Winter."

Unusual Suspect

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 3:17 p.m.

It would be highly unlikely he could provide such a link, since there is nothing called the "Weather Bureau."


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 1:55 p.m.

Can you provide a link to this statement from the Weather Bureau?

Urban Sombrero

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 6:07 a.m.

I just hope that all this rain, and the supposed upcoming cold, doesn't lead to a bunch of icy, slippery roads. We can do without that!


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 11:48 p.m.

oh my goshes, don your galoshes.