Flooding could well become an issue beginning tonight as a slow-moving cold front from the north brings scattered showers and thunderstorms to the area, the National Weather Service said Monday afternoon.

A flash flood warning is in effect beginning Monday night through 7 a.m. Wednesday, with scattered showers expected to make Tuesday a rather wet and dreary day across Tribland. Showers may be hit-or-miss locally through Tuesday morning, when most of the area is expected to be dumped on by the system, said Jordan Thies, meteorologist for the NWS in Hastings.

Areas near Red Cloud, York and Geneva figure to get the heaviest rainfall, though the Tri-Cities area is not exempt from potential flooding. While 1-2 inches of rain is likely across most of the area, 3-5 inches of precipitation on a localized basis cannot be ruled out.

“We could see quite a bit of rain,” Thies said. “Not everybody sees it this evening necessarily, but the rain will increase overnight tonight and be pretty widespread into tomorrow morning.

“Overall, tomorrow just looks like a wet day. We’ll probably wake up to scattered showers and thunderstorms that will continue through a good chunk of the day, with some decreasing coverage tomorrow evening from west to east. Tomorrow late afternoon and evening is when it should wind down.”

Even as the rainfall figures to subside Tuesday night, overcast conditions are likely to persist into Wednesday, with standard fall temperatures expected to persist the remainder of the week. Sprinkles and light showers are possible Wednesday, with high temperatures in the 40s and 50s during peak heat hours.

“That’s the big story when we get beyond the heavy rain, settling into a much cooler pattern Wednesday,” Thies said. “It’ll be pretty cloudy and dreary.”

Lower temperatures are expected to linger into the weekend, when additional rain is back in the forecast Friday night and much of Saturday. The system doesn’t figure to bring as much rain as its mid-week predecessor, however.

Snow remains off the radar for the time being.

“We don’t see snow being an issue any time over the next week, which is our official forecast length,” Thies said.

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