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February 20, 2014

A full day of weather on tap for today

LOGANSPORT — As Logansport area residents bore witness to an usual sight this morning — snow-covered ground illuminated by flashes of lightning — it was only the start of a full day of weather to come Thursday.

The National Weather Service says showers are possible throughout much of the day, with warnings of a thunderstorm or two. It expects new rainfall to amount to between a quarter and half an inch of rain. Areas of fog are expected after 1 p.m.

The area will be under a wind advisory from 7 p.m. tonight until 6 p.m. Friday. Strong winds of 30 mph are expected this evening, with gusts up to 45 mph. Officials warn the situation could be dangerous for high-profile vehicles, especially those traveling on east-west roads.

But all of that isn’t where the real problem will lie for us today and in the coming days. The high today is expected to reach 54 degrees, meaning snow melt over deeply frozen ground could lead to flooding in low-lying areas.

Rivers covered in thick ice could break up during this stretch of increased temperatures, which increases the risk for ice jams and rapidly rising water. There is a chance for flooding potential along the rivers today.

Between the snowmelt and the rain, some flooding could be unavoidable.

"A lot of bad things could happen [today]," said Marc Dahmer, a weather service meteorologist in Indianapolis.

And more good news: With temperatures expected to drop as low as 10 degrees on Sunday, and perhaps lower Monday, puddles along roads and sidewalks are expected to freeze.

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