More flash flooding struck a portion of the Ozarks overnight.
It’s been wild again in areas northeast of Springfield. The Little Piney Creek and Gasconade River received the lion’s share of torrential rains late last night and early this morning.
Radar rain estimates and ground measurements verify a large area of 6-8″ of rain over portions of Maries, Miller and Phelps Counties.
The river rain gage at Jerome for the Gasconade River reached a record level late this morning. As of late this afternoon, it sits at 31.81 feet. This surpasses the previous record established in December of 1982 and is higher than the historic flood of 2008. Also, almost a year to this date, the river at this location was near historic lows, more than 31 feet lower than it is now!
The Little Piney Creek in Newburg went crazy this morning too. It peaked at 15.22 feet, causing evacuations in Newburg.
All of this water caused the Gasconade to flow over Interstate 44 today causing massive back-ups.
The real question is: how much more will we get? Well the forecast is not encouraging!
The latest rainfall projection from the Weather Prediction Center calls for widespread, average totals exceeding 3″ over much of southwest Missouri over the next three days.
A front dropping south into Missouri will help to perpetuate the rain chances by stalling and allowing more rain areas to form and spread from west to east over the next few days.
With the front around on Thursday and a slight increase in jet stream winds, there is a possibility of some severe storms. This will be controlled largely by how rain and storm areas evolve later tonight.
Also, today marks the 15th day in a row of below normal temperatures in Springfield. That run should continue for quite a few more days.