Rain, wind and ice expected for Thursday and Friday

Steady rain and occasional thunderstorms are expected to last all day on Thursday and into Friday morning. Strong gusts of wind are also expected.

Posted on Feb. 20, 2014 at 8:39 a.m.

Thursday morning started out with a bang -- or, rather, a series of booms. 

Thunderstorms brought about half an inch of water to the area before 9 a.m. and the National Weather Service predicts more of the same throughout the day Thursday, with areas of fog developing by Thursday afternoon.

In Elkhart County, there are three self service sandbag operations available:

  • County Highway Garage on C.R. 7
  • New Paris Boy Scout Camp on C.R. 146
  • Elkhart Street Department on 17th Street

Another quarter to half an inch of rain is expected to fall. The high will be about 49 degrees and the low will be about 28 degrees.

The rain, combined with rapidly melting snow, means the area is under a flood warning until 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21. The NWS reminds drivers not to drive into flooded areas where water covers the roadway. 

wind advisory also has been issued by the NWS with winds ranging from 15-30 mph during the day and reaching gusts of up to 45 mph during the night. The advisory is supposed to last through Friday evening. 

Even though the air temperatures is above freezing, the ground is still frozen and rain is freezing on contact in certain areas. The chance of ice will increase as the day goes on with a combination of rain, strong wind and a drop in temperatures. Drivers should take caution and pedestrians should be alert for patches of ice.

There's a chance for snow after 1 a.m. Friday morning but the rest of the day is predicted to be mostly cloudy and windy, with a high near 34 degrees. 

5 links to help you cope with flooding and sloppy weather:  
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security You can find travel advisories, road conditions and safety tips here.
Mayor Moore: You can help prevent flooding by clearing catch basins City of Elkhart mayor says clearing areas around storm drains and storm sewer can help prevent flooding.
Indiana State Police State road closings, tips for driving during a flood warning
Indiana floodplain map from the DNR Find out if you live near a floodplain
What will the weather be like? See The Elkhart Truth's weather page to find out the forecast

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