Forecast: Flood warnings continue, big warm-up on the way

2011-05-26T20:00:00Z 2011-05-26T22:19:24Z Forecast: Flood warnings continue, big warm-up on the wayBy Times staff nwitimes.com
May 26, 2011 8:00 pm  • 

This week's stormy weather and cooler temperatures are expected to give way to highs in the 80s and clear skies by Memorial Day, forecasters said.

The Little Calumet River in Munster is under a flood warning through Friday morning and a flood warning remains in effect for the Kankakee River in portions of Lake, Newton and LaPorte counties with additional rain in the forecast.

As of 8:30 p.m., the Little Calumet River at Munster was at 11.92 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. At 12 feet, minor overbank flooding occurs. Homes are not expected to be impacted, forecasters said.

As of late Thursday night, the river at Shelby near the Lake/Newton county border was at 9.85 feet. Flood stage is 9 feet. Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect the river to rise to near 11.6 feet by Saturday afternoon before it begins falling. Minor flooding is occurring in low-lying agricultural areas. No major flooding is expected.

The river has similar conditions at the Davis U.S. 30 bridge in LaPorte County, where water levels measured at 11.75 feet at 8:30 p.m. Flood stage there is 10 feet. Flooding of low-lying agricultural areas also is occurring there.

The river is expected to rise to near 11.3 feet around 2 p.m. Friday.

The holiday weekend is expected to bring a big warm-up with chances of rain in the forecast through Sunday.

Friday is expected to be partly sunny with highs in the upper 50s and a chance of rain. Saturday should be cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and highs in the lower 70s.

Sunday's temperatures could reach the mid-70s under cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of rain.

The Memorial Day forecast is the best of the weekend, with clear skies and highs in the upper 80s.

More information is available on the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov.

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