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Temperatures in the 40s, rain on the way this week

Sunshine and temperatures in the low 40s Tuesday helped Elkhart County deal with snow accumulation. More warm weather is on the way to melt the rest of the snow piles.

Posted on Feb. 18, 2014 at 9:16 p.m.

ELKHART — Sunshine and temperatures in the low 40s Tuesday helped Elkhart County deal with the inches of snow accumulation it received Monday night, and more warm weather is on the way to melt the rest of the snow piles.

According to the National Weather Service, Elkhart Municipal Airport registered a high temperature of 43 degrees Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 18.

Temperatures Wednesday are predicted to top off around 38 degrees with mostly sunny skies, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

There is a chance of freezing rain is possible late Wednesday night, according to a NWS hazardous weather outlook for the area.

Rain and thunderstorms are possible Thursday afternoon, Feb. 20, with a high around 49 degrees.

The combination of warm temperatures, rainfall and massive snow piles has sparked concerns of flooding, but the National Weather Service says it cannot predict the severity of the problem.

"The threat for flooding appears to be increasing in many areas, but is not certain at this point," the NWS said in a hydrologic outlook in effect for Michiana. "The severity and timing of flooding will depend on the amount of rainfall received Thursday and the exact duration of warmer conditions, which remains uncertain."

Temperatures will fall as the weekend approaches, with highs reaching only 34 Friday and 31 Saturday, according to NWS.




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