Storm Team 4

Rain continues, but sunshine is on the way

CREATED Apr 18, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 18, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A flood watch is in effect for all of Southeastern Wisconsin until 9:00 p.m. tonight.

Intense low pressure and surging warm air will tap into an abundance of Gulf moisture and continue to send rounds of very heavy rainfall into Southeast Wisconsin.

Our region will be smack dab in the middle of a major battle between air masses. 

We'll be able to easily observe that for ourselves simply by stepping outside.  Yesterday's temperatures topped out in the low 40s. 

Today's readings will rise all the way up into the mid 50's to low 60s south of Milwaukee, and tomorrow we crash back down about 20 degrees. 

With all the rain from last week already leading to rivers near bank-full, it won't take much for the waterways to overflow. 

In fact, we could be facing a major risk of flooding if the atmosphere squeezes out as much liquid as many of the computer models indicate. 

It's entirely possible many of us could measure between 2 and 4 inches of water in our backyard rain gauges. 

With more almost 2 weeks left in the month, we seem on track to set a new record for monthly rainfall. 

That record was set back in 1973 with 7.31 inches of rain for the month. 

With last week's showers and storms, we were at 4.27 inches before a drop fell from this latest disturbance. 

As we approach the weekend, a deep trough will dig into the center of the nation. 

That will leave us stuck with chilly temperatures and an active weather pattern. 

In fact, after a dry and potentially bright Saturday, it appears more rain will work back into the area later on Sunday and through at least the first part of next week. 

This flooding potential is a very serious situation. 

It's worth remembering that floods are one of nature's most dangerous phenomena, capable of deadly and destructive force. 

Be aware of the latest watches and warnings to keep you and your family safe.

Thursday's Storm Team 4Cast:

Much warmer with showers & thunderstorms, heavy rain, & possible flooding
High:  Near 56
Wind: SE-SW 7-15 mph

Tonight: More showers mixing with snow late, breezy, and seasonally chilly
Low:  Near 34
Wind: SW 10-15 mph

Friday: Very windy and much colder with rain/snow mix changing to rain
High:  Near 42
Wind: W 20-25 mph gusting to 35 mph

Friday night: Early showers then decreasing clouds, windy, and cold
Low:  Near 28
Wind: NW 10-20 mph

Saturday: Mostly sunny and cold
High:  Near 45