COLUMBUS – While the snow is nearly gone around town, it doesn’t look like Columbus is out of the woods just yet.
Another round of severe weather is expected throughout Nebraska on Wednesday, and Columbus is one of many areas that will be under a flood watch. The watch will remain in effect from early Wednesday morning through Thursday evening, and will be coupled with a high wind watch as well.
The National Weather Service says that heavy rainfall combined with warmer temperatures, melting snow, frozen ground, and thick ice cover in rivers will lead to widespread flooding on many rivers and streams. Anywhere from 1 to 2.5 inches of rain is forecast through Thursday, with the heaviest rain in the Columbus area expected on Wednesday morning.
Many of the smaller streams will rise and fall quickly, and flooding will only last a day or two late into the week. Some of the larger rivers, however, will experience flooding conditions for days.
The National Weather Service provided outlook information for the Platte River near Duncan, saying that the river was at 5.2 feet at 9:30 PM on Monday. Flood stage for the Platte River is 8 feet, which may be reached by Thursday morning, and overall the river may rise to 8.5 feet by Thursday evening.
Make sure to keep in touch with News Channel Nebraska for continued updates about the weather conditions throughout the day on Wednesday.