A flood watch remains in effect from late tonight thru Thursday evening for portions of Iowa and Nebraska including northeast Nebraska. Warmer temperatures will accompany a strong storm system which will likely produce 1 to 3 inches of rain over the next several days. That’ll heighten the risk of river flooding due to the unusual combination of heavy rain, snow melt, frozen ground and thick ice cover on area rivers. Significant and rapid river level increases are possible due to excessive runoff. Ice jams could develop which would further enhance the flood threat.
Cuming County and the surrounding area is also under a high wind watch from Thursday morning through Thursday evening with northwest winds 25 to 35 miles per hour gusting to 55 miles per hour. That could result in blown down tree limbs and power lines with scattered power outages expected.
The National Weather Service says at 9:16 Monday night the Elkhorn River at West Point was at 8.2 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. No flooding is occurring presently but minor flooding is possible. The Elkhorn could reach flood stage early Thursday morning and could rise to 14.6 feet Thursday evening.