ELKHART — A strong line of thunderstorms will be spreading across much of Indiana this afternoon, Thursday, April 18, and the National Weather Service expects minor flooding on the St. Joseph River over the next few days.
The weather service issued a tornado watch for Elkhart County and most of Indiana until 5 p.m. today, but it was cancelled at 12:15 p.m. for northern Indiana.
The NWS also issued a flood warning for much of northern Indiana, including Elkhart County, from Friday evening through Tuesday night.
Elkhart County falls within the area that is expected to see heavy rain, widespread, damaging winds and a chance of a tornadoes. Today’s rains will add to recent ones to flood the St. Joseph River, according to the weather service.
The National Weather Service expects the St. Joseph River to reach flood stage Saturday morning and crest by Sunday morning before receeding out of flood stage Monday.
The Elkhart River should crest just shy of flood stage, according to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.
In addition to the weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service, The Indiana Department of Homeland Security also issued a warning, saying much of Indiana faces a moderate chance of severe weather that could include damaging winds, hail, lightning, and heavy rains that could produce flash flooding.
Showers and storms are expected through much of the afternoon, beginning after noon.
The rain will be accompanied by windy conditions and temperatures as warm as 74 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
More rain and storms are expected tonight and into the early parts of Friday morning.
Total rainfall today and tonight could be between 1 and 3 inches, according to the weather service.