Much of Iowa’s been soaked by rain over the last 24 to 36 hours. National Weather Service forecaster Miles Shumacher says conditions worked out so the rain parked right over the state. He says a cold front went through Friday and stalled in Missouri, while a low pressure system flowed over the top and that made it rain and rain and rain.
Shumacher says most of the state has gotten some rain and some areas had nearly half a foot. Shumacher says there was a good swath of three-to-six inch rainfall from west central to north of Des Moines and into Waterloo. He says there were six and a quarter inches reported in the Dumont area and most of the state had an inch or two of rain.
Shumacher says the rain was constant, so it did cause many flood problems. He says the rain wasn’t excessively heavy at any one time, and the one river that looks like it’ll go over the flood stage is the South Skunk near Ames. Shumacher says most of the problems are with ponding water and water over roads in low-lying areas. Shumacher says we probably won’t see a lot of sunshine Tuesday.
Shumacher says it doesn’t look like Tuesday will be a wet day, but there will be a few showers and it will likely be until Wednesday when we see some sunshine. A flood warning is in effect for the South Skunk River south of Ames, which is expected to go over flood stage tonight and then drop on Tuesday.