(KMOV) – With another round of storms hitting the St. Louis area on Tuesday, the saying “April showers bring May flowers” appears to be an undeniable truth this year.
Tuesday morning started in the mid-50s with scattered rain moving into the area from the west, according to News 4 Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt.
By the afternoon, the intensity of the weather is projected to pick up.
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“We have some showers and thunderstorms that are going to be rolling in to the area,” Ehrhardt said. “We’re projecting rain to accumulate between 0.5 and 1 inch.”
Ehrhardt said those showers and storms will most likely linger into the evening hours.
“The storms should go through the evening commute before tapering off,” he said.
That’s when temperatures are expected to drop.
“Temperatures will become cooler after the cold front moves through, falling into the 40s by the evening,” Ehrhardt said.
Looking ahead, the drop in temperatures will usher in a chilly Wednesday morning and cooler than normal day, though conditions are expected to mostly sunny.
The impending weather has St. Louis-area communities along the Mississippi River vigilantly eyeing—and in some cases hastily fortifying—makeshift levees to hold back floodwaters that meteorologists say could worsen or be prolonged by the looming storms.
But Ehrhardt said he doesn’t expect this latest round of showers to increase flooding chances on the major rivers.
“It’s not a case of severe weather at this point, but one of added rainfall that could cause more flooding issues for residents who live near smaller streams and rivers that tend to overflow during heavy rain events,” he said.
The Mississippi River is expected to crest in St. Louis five feet over flood stage Tuesday, but other river communities in the St. Louis area continue to fight flood waters.
The Mississippi River should crest just over 35 feet, which will be four feet less than expected. The Mississippi River wasn’t expected to fall below flood stage downtown until next Monday.
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