National Weather Service: Flood watch for region today, Monday

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the area in effect from Saturday until 8 p.m. Monday.

John Banghoff, National Weather Service meteorologist, said the rain is from a tropical storm.

“In essence, we have the remnants from what was Tropical Storm Gordon that will be bearing down on our area,” he said. “Basically, what that’s going to mean, in a tropical system there is a ton of moisture with it.”

He said between Saturday and Monday, 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected.

“We’re expecting widespread precipitation,” he said. “On Sunday, it’s what we call stratiform rain. That’s steady showers, no storms or any lightning whatsoever. Just looking at a lot of heavy rain through the day.”

He said high temperatures for today are expected to be about 59 degrees.

“It will be a little breezy with winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour, gusts of 20 miles per hour,” he said.

He said it won’t be a nice day.

“It’s going to be raw, not a pleasant day to be outside doing anything, unfortunately,” he said. “With a flood watch, it’s basically we’re expecting rain over a long period of time.”

It’s important for people to be aware of flooding.

“We’re expecting rivers or creeks to rise over the next couple of days. The biggest thing we want to reiterate to people is not to drive over flooded roadways,” he said. “The phrase we use is, ‘turn around, don’t drown.’ It’s not flash flooding with rapid rises or anything, but you’ll see some issues with rivers and creeks overflowing their banks.”

He said Monday will start out similar to Sunday.

“Monday will be fairly wet, but things will start slowing down Monday afternoon,” he said.

The high temperature for Monday is expected to be around 71 degrees.

“There is a cold front coming in Monday night into Tuesday with more chance of bringing rain. It will rain pretty consistently until Monday afternoon … but it does look like Tuesday will bring some relief from the rain,” he said. “It will allow us to get a break from the rain and maybe dry out for a couple days after Tuesday.”