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Flood Watch

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
1019 AM EST Mon Feb 19 2018

Ingham-Van Buren-Kalamazoo-Calhoun-Jackson-
Including the cities of Ludington, Baldwin, Reed City, Clare,
Hart, Fremont, Big Rapids, Mount Pleasant, Muskegon, Greenville,
Alma, Grand Haven, Jenison, Grand Rapids, Ionia, St. Johns,
Holland, Hastings, Charlotte, Lansing, South Haven, Kalamazoo,
Battle Creek, and Jackson
1019 AM EST Mon Feb 19 2018


The Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of central Michigan, south central Michigan,
  southwest Michigan, and west central Michigan, including the
  following areas, in central Michigan, Clare, Gratiot,
  Isabella, Mecosta, Montcalm, and Osceola. In south central
  Michigan, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, and Jackson.
  In southwest Michigan, Allegan, Barry, Kalamazoo, Kent,
  Ottawa, and Van Buren. In west central Michigan, Lake, Mason,
  Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana.

* Through Wednesday afternoon

* 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected from today through Wednesday
  morning. Locally higher amounts are likely.

* The rainfall, combined with a melting snowpack and a frozen
  ground could cause flooding across the area.


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Weather Preparedness Information is available on line at



Special Weather Statement

National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
1011 AM EST Mon Feb 19 2018

Ottawa-Kent-Ionia-Clinton-Allegan-Barry-Eaton-Ingham-Van Buren-
Including the cities of Grand Haven, Jenison, Grand Rapids, Ionia,
St. Johns, Holland, Hastings, Charlotte, Lansing, South Haven,
Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Jackson
1011 AM EST Mon Feb 19 2018

...Dense Fog Moving in This Morning...

An area of dense fog is moving into the area from the South this
morning. This fog will reduce visibilities down to around a quarter
of a mile, or even less into early this afternoon before improving

Reduce driving speeds a bit and keep extra space in between vehicles
in the more dense fog.



Hazardous Weather Outlook

National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
331 AM EST Mon Feb 19 2018

Ingham-Van Buren-Kalamazoo-Calhoun-Jackson-
331 AM EST Mon Feb 19 2018

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of southwest Lower

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

An increasing risk for flooding exists later this afternoon into
tonight. Showers will be on the increase with even a few
thunderstorms. The rain will become heavy at times...especially
tonight...which could lead to flooding. Severe weather is not

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Tuesday through Sunday

The flood potential will remain high into Wednesday as several
rounds of heavy rain are forecasted. Local ice jams may occur. High
water levels are forecasted on the area rivers through the end of
the week as the water routes its way downstream into Lake
Michigan. Several additional storm systems are possible Friday and
again on Sunday which could lead to additional precipitation.

A few thunderstorms will be possible into Tuesday evening. Any
stronger storm could contain gusty winds.

Wind gusts may top 40 mph mainly Tuesday afternoon or evening.
This could lead to scattered power outages.


Spotter activation will not be needed.


Flood Warning

Flood Statement
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
958 PM EST Sun Feb 18 2018

...The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Southwest
Lower Michigan...

  Grand River Near Comstock Park affecting Kent County
  Grand River At Robinson Township affecting Ottawa County
  Sycamore Creek At Holt affecting Ingham County
  Red Cedar River At East Lansing affecting Ingham County
  Maple River At Maple Rapids affecting Clinton County
  Portage River Near Vicksburg affecting Kalamazoo County

.Widespread rainfall is expected Monday morning through Wednesday
morning. Rain amounts between 1 and 3 inches are expected across all
of Southern Michigan, with locally higher amounts possible. Snow
melt will also continue. This will cause rises on rivers, creeks, and
streams, and allow water to spill into low-lying areas along rivers.

In addition, rainfall and warmer temperatures will increase the
likelihood for river ice to break up and travel down stream. Large
pieces of ice floating in the river may later pile up as they travel
downstream, particularly near bends in rivers. This could create ice
jams and increase the threat for flooding immediately upstream.

The following forecasts are based on observed and forecast 48 hour


Safety message...Motorists should not attempt to drive around
barricades or drive cars through flooded areas.

Stay tuned to further developments by listening to your local
radio... television... or NOAA Weather Radio station for further

Additional weather and river information can be found on our homepage


958 PM EST Sun Feb 18 2018

The Flood Warning continues for
  the Grand River At Robinson Township.
* from Thursday evening until further notice.
* at  4:35 PM Sunday the stage was 11.0 feet.
* Flood stage is 13.3 feet.
* Minor Flooding is forecast.
* Forecast, rise above flood stage by Thursday before midnight and
  continue to rise to near 14.7 feet by Saturday morning. additional
  rises are possible thereafter.
* Impact, at 15.0 feet...Vanlopik Road is 1 to 2 feet under water.
  Moderate flooding of several homes on the east end of Vanlopik
  subdivision occurs.
* Flood history, this crest compares to a previous crest of 14.9 feet
  on Apr 12 2017.


LAT...LON 4307 8610 4304 8591 4297 8583 4291 8589
      4297 8595 4300 8610


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