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Afternoon Forecast Discussion, 4/11/2024: Water, Water Everywhere

Hello, Cardinal Country! The system that moved into our region overnight and into this morning was a super soaker, dropping 2.55 inches on the city of Muncie in 24 hours from 8 AM yesterday to 8 AM today. This has caused a combo of areal flooding of poor drainage areas and rivers, with the main story in that field being a Flood Warning for the White River at Muncie until Saturday at 2 am. The flood stage is 9 feet, the river was already at 9.3 feet, and the river is projected to crest at 10.2 feet. There is also a Flood Warning for the Mississinewa River near Ridgeville in Delaware County, with the river expected to crest at 13.5 feet this afternoon and the warning extends through tomorrow morning. These are according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, and you can view the latest flood statements here. Twenty-two inches of floodwater were also reported earlier on Tillotson Avenue at W Bowman St., so be on the lookout for areas like these & keep your eyes peeled for barricades. Remember, if you see a flooded roadway and do not know the depth of the water, *Turn Around; Don’t Drown*.

Thankfully, we are seeing the rain taper off through our area from W to E as a low-pressure system centered right overhead moves its way out over the next few hours. Showers still look possible into the evening, so stay prepared with that umbrella and/or rain jacket. This is expected to do something to our temperatures we don’t have happen every day: Fall off. The temperatures we have seen in this midday period are our highs, and we will drop to 54° by 5pm. Sky conditions are essentially remaining overcast through the afternoon period. Still, they may brighten up along with the lightening up of the shower activity as an area of sinking, drier, and stable air mixes in from the west. That also looks to be in the evening, most likely after 6. At the same time, the wind is supposed to increase with gusts at or over 30 mph after 3 pm as that sinking air brings stronger winds from above us. 40 mph gusts could happen this evening, so secure those loose outdoor objects, hold on to your hats, and drive with extra caution with those high-profile vehicles!

So be careful as you make your way home from work and/or classes so you can safely & calmly enjoy the day with your pet on this National Pet Day!

-Cardinal Weather Service Weather Forecaster Ryan Hill-

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