1.65 rain here
"There's water everywhere!" city Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at 8 a.m. today.
All city streets were passable, but water was standing on a number of them, including High St., in the low area near the Knights of Columbus. During a time of the year when they might be moving snow, street department employees were putting out high-water signs.
The minor flooding was the result of a lot of rain in a short time combined with snow melt.
City weather station officials recorded 1.65 inches of rain up to 7 a.m., and nearly all of that came in a period of four to six hours.
"We've had snow melt on top of rain, a lot of rain in a short time," Gilbert said. "It's just going to take some time (before the standing water goes away). We've got guys out now trying to open up catch basins."
The St. Marys River has risen dramatically, although staying well below flood stage at this point. The river was measured at 11.05 feet at 7 a.m. by weather station officials; just 24 hours earlier it stood at 5.09 feet.
The strange weather day featured thunder and unusually warm temperatures before 7 a.m. in Decatur. The city weather station had a reading of 51 degrees at 7 a.m., and that was down a bit from the 54-degree reading a short time earlier.
That warm weather isn't going to last much longer, however. In fact, lows tonight are expected to be in the high teens!
The National Weather Service said periods of rain are likely before 4 p.m., then we may see some snow. Temperatures are forecast to fall to around 35 degrees by 5 p.m. If that's not enough, a west wind between 15 and 25 mph is likely, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
Tonight, the weather bureau said, there's a 40 percent chance of rain and snow showers between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., then a slight chance of snow showers. The low will be around 19 and the breezy west winds will continue.
Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 27 and no precipitation, forecasters said. After a Wednesday low of 21, Thursday's high is seen reaching only 26, followed by a low around 12. But still no precipitation!