Metro-East News

Forecast calls for more rain, cooler temps Saturday

Cool rain opened Saturday’s metro-east events, with more rain expected throughout the day.

The rainy Saturday dawned at 61 degrees with heavy rain in the early morning hours. Saturday’s high temperature is expected to be about 78 degrees, with winds at about 10-15 mph. The National Weather Service predicts cloudy skies with a 50 percent chance of more showers and thunderstorms later Saturday.

The metro-east is under a flash flood warning until at least 9:45 a.m. Roads were heavily impacted by water in the early hours of Saturday morning, with bursts of extremely heavy rainfall. Ameren’s outage center shows 426 customers in Madison County without power, and 690 in St. Clair County as of about 8 a.m.

The full forecast for the metro-east from the National Weather Service:

TODAY...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High in the upper 70s. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low in the mid 50s. West wind around 10 mph.

SUNDAY...Mostly sunny. High around 70. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

SUNDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Low around 50. West wind around 10 mph in the evening becoming light after midnight.

MONDAY...Mostly sunny in the morning and early afternoon then becoming mostly cloudy. High in the mid 70s. Light wind in the morning becoming southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon.

MONDAY NIGHT...Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Low in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

TUESDAY...Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. High in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 60 percent.

TUESDAY NIGHT...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Low around 50.

WEDNESDAY...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers. High in the mid 60s.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY...Partly cloudy. Low around 50. High in the lower 70s.

THURSDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Low in the mid 50s.

FRIDAY...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High in the upper 70s.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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