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Flood watch issued for West Michigan, Saginaw Bay area

A flood watch was issued for all of mid-Michigan on Saturday as a warm front is set to bring continuous heavy rain throughout the region.

“Repeated rounds of heavy rainfall are expected today and tonight. Widespread 2 to 4 inch rain amounts are likely with isolated higher amounts possible,” The Gaylord NWS said in its flood watch issuance for Manistee.

Key impacts will be excessive runoff that may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas.

Big Rapids is under a flood watch that also involves the cities of Greenville, Reed City, Mount Pleasant, Ludington, Baldwin, Hart, Clare, Alma, Muskegon and Fremont.

The chance of precipitation throughout the day will be 90% with new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

There is a 90% chance of rain overnight, mainly before 2 a.m. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch are possible in this time period as well.

Manistee is part of a flood watch that includes the cities of Tawas City, Cadillac, Gladwin, Standish, Houghton Lake, Lake City and West Branch.

There is a 90% chance of rain through Saturday with new rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible. Saturday night has a 70% chance of precipitation as well.

Midland is part of a flood watch that also includes Bay City and Saginaw that will last until 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 p.m. Chance of precipitation is 80% with new rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Overnight there is a 80% chance of precipitation with new rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Anna Harden

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