The same stuck weather pattern that canceled the Husker home opener also flooded Manhattan, Kansas, and is staying put for the next several days, raising the chances for flooding across the region.
Rain is possible through Friday in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, said Brett Albright, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley.
Albright said rainfall totals over the next several days could range from 1.5 inches to 3 inches, with some areas getting 5-6 inches.
About 6-9 inches of rain fell Sunday night in the Manhattan area, according to the National Weather Service. About 300 people in the area were displaced by flooding, according to the Kansas television station KWCH.
The campus of Kansas State University was not affected. But students living off campus were displaced, and the university was assisting them, according to the KSU website.
Albright said Manhattan had the unlucky distinction of being beneath the core of the heaviest rain. He’s hopeful similar heavy rains don’t occur in the days ahead in Nebraska and Iowa.
“You can get unlucky, so you can’t rule that out,” Albright said. “It’s a possibility, but I wouldn’t expect it. I’d just be watchful.”
Moisture streaming up from the Gulf of Mexico is responsible for the continued rain, he said. With it will come continued high humidity.
Albright already has an eye focused on the weekend and Saturday’s next Husker game — at home in Lincoln.
With a chance for rain forecast through the week, will Saturday’s game get doused?
Albright said a weak storm system that is expected to arrive Friday could be the trigger that dislodges the stuck system and moves rain out of the area.
“It should push this out and give us a little better weather,” Albright said.