Flooding concerns rise as snow melts across the state

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Wind chill values will be between -6 and 4 degrees on Friday in the capital city and northeast Kansas, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 20 degrees.

At 8:32 a.m. Friday, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause flooding. As the river rises the jam could break up and move further downstream. But there won't be enough ice to cause widespread power outages, he said. In addition, driving conditions after the rain stops are expected to be hard, as temperatures are expected to drop once again come late Saturday/earlySunday, resulting in flooded streets becoming encrusted with heavy patches of ice. The wind chill reading will be minus 2 to 8, and a north wind will be 5 to 9 miles per hour. One to one and a half inches of rain has already fallen.

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The rain is expected to continue into the evening, with the possibility of another thunderstorm; some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall and additional areas of fog before midnight.

Thursday night's wintry mix of precipitation is expected to give way to partly cloudy conditions until Sunday night, when the forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of light snow.

A period of freezing rain and sleet was expected before the transition to all snow around 12 a.m. Saturday in areas along the Ohio River which the changeover shifting east from there through the Saturday morning hours. We will have partly cloudy skies with highs in the teens and 20s. From 1 to 2 inches of snow are possible.

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