Metro-East News

Heavy rain this week could cause flooding in metro-east

Plenty of wet weather is expected for the metro-east this week with up to five inches of rain possible by next weekend.

There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Monday with the most likely time for precipitation coming in the morning, according to the National Weather Service. Winds will gust at up to 30 mph.

The high will be 72, which is 20 degrees warmer than the average high temperature of 52 for March 7 in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Skies will be mostly cloudy Monday night with a low of 55.

The heaviest rain is expected to fall between Tuesday and Thursday and could cause flooding in area rivers.

Flooding is likely, according to a National Weather Service advisory, because the tremendous amount of rain expected, combined with a high level of soil moisture and the fact that there is little vegetation during the winter months to stop runoff. Those factors could cause streams to swell quickly.

There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Tuesday with winds that will gust up to 23 mph. The most likely time for rain will be in the afternoon, when the high will reach 70.

There is a 70 percent of storms Tuesday night, when the low will be 57.

There is a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday with heavy rain expected. The high will be 67.

The chance or rain remains at 90 percent Wednesday night.

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