Don’t put away those umbrellas yet.
The rainy start to fall continues, with occasional showers in the forecast for Wednesday due to a band of storms lingering across a swath of Nebraska and western Iowa.
Up to 2 inches of rain was expected to fall across the Omaha metro area between Tuesday and Wednesday, with the potential for even more rainfall in some isolated areas and strong storms possible in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Eppley Airfield reported 1.47 inches of rain in the 12 hours ending at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Because of the already-saturated ground, local officials are keeping an eye out for localized flash flooding and rising water on the Missouri River. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch into Wednesday morning.
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But weather service meteorologist Cathy Zapotocny said forecasters have downgraded some previous estimates of how high the Missouri will get, with minor flooding expected on the Missouri at Omaha and Nebraska City, peaking Friday.
The recent spate of wet weather follows a seriously soggy spring and summer. Nebraska averaged 5 inches of rain in August, two-tenths of an inch above the previous record set in 1977, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.
The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District on Tuesday closed its Elkhorn River access sites to boats and other recreational activities, including the West Maple Road and Graske Crossing sites.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has warned drivers to check road conditions in case heavy rains lead to road closures again on local roads and major highways like Interstates 29 and 680.
The cold front that blew in with the rain should keep the area cool, with highs in the low 60s. Clearing skies were expected for Thursday, with more showers possible Friday and Saturday.