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Area could get more than an inch of rain today

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The National Weather Service is forecasting an inch or more of precipitation for today. Michael Mathews, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said don’t look for thunderstorms bringing brief heavy downpours.

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“This could be a more drawn-out rainfall,” he said. “I wouldn’t think it would lead to flash flood warnings but anything is possible.”

Mathews said the weather system could move into the Jamestown area in the early hours of Wednesday and continue through the day. While rainfall amounts will vary from area to area, the system is not expected to produce severe thunderstorms or locally heavy rain.

Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager, said the ground in eastern Stutsman County is saturated.

“Actually, that (a slow rain) is a good thing,” he said. “Slow means the moisture goes into the soil.”

The Jamestown area is still more than 3 inches ahead of normal for 2014, Bergquist said. Some areas in northeastern Stutsman County have received more rain. Estimates by the High Plains Regional Climate Center placed around Spiritwood Lake as having as much as 175 percent of normal precipitation in the past three months.

Bergquist said the Pipestem and Jamestown Dam reservoirs both have plenty of capacity for runoff and the soil will be able to absorb some of the anticipated rain.

“We’re in good shape to absorb a slow rain,” he said. “The concern is always a lot of rain in a short period of time. I don’t think we have the capacity for that.”

Mathews said the weekend forecast also includes rain and thunderstorms although the intensity of the system is still unknown.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at knorman@jamestownsun.com

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