Local rivers expected to crest this weekend - WNEM TV 5

Local rivers expected to crest this weekend

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A map of Mid-Michigan showing the counties under a flood warning. A map of Mid-Michigan showing the counties under a flood warning.
A flooding scene from Alma early Friday morning. A flooding scene from Alma early Friday morning.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The water levels in area rivers continue to rise around Mid-Michigan, creating flooding concerns for many residents as they head into the weekend.

Friday started off in the lower 50s with lingering moisture falling in our area.

A cold front that pushed through last night is contributing to decreasing temperatures throughout the day. We will mostly linger around the mid-40s but quickly drop down below freezing to the mid-20s after the sun goes down.

The major concern for some Mid-Michigan residents is flooding. We are watching the Tittabawassee river, Saginaw river and the Cass river. All three have already exceeded flood level and are expected to crest over the weekend.

  • Tittabawassee: Flood Level: 24 feet, Forecasted Crest: 28.3' at 2 a.m. Saturday
  • Saginaw: Flood Level: 17 feet, Forecasted Crest: 21.7 at 2 a.m. Sunday
  • Cass: Flood Level: 17 feet, Forecasted Crest: 19.7 at 8 a.m. Saturday

Flood warnings have been posted for Bay, Huron, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties until 10 a.m. Friday. Mecosta County is under an areal flood warning until 7:30 p.m. Friday. Gratiot County is under an areal flood warning until 5:30 p.m. Friday. Montcalm County is under an areal flood warning until 5 p.m. Friday.

Flood warnings have been issued for Arenac County until 9 a.m. Monday. Isabella County remains under a flood warning until 11:25 p.m. Friday. Shiawassee County is under a flood warning until 8 p.m. Monday.

Some remaining showers and snow flurries may be seen as well with winds continuing to bring moisture into our region. Also following that cold front are high winds out of the southwest. Wind speeds will linger around 25-30 mph, but we can see gusts reach above 40 mph.

Friday night will have the winds settle a bit down to about 20 mph. Some areas may see a few snow flurries overnight, but little to no accumulation is expected. With the cold air settled into place over our area we will only see temperatures top out in the mid-40s.

A number of counties in the area are under a wind advisory as well. Sanilac, Lapeer and Genesee counties are under that advisory until 10 p.m. Friday.

Gladwin, Clare, Iosco, Ogemaw and Roscommon counties are under a Wind Advisory until 8 p.m. Friday.

It will be mostly dry for the weekend otherwise. Rain may return by Tuesday of next week.

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