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Wire: More precipitation expected in the next week

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

David Wire
Winter has wreaked havoc for Clay County residents this year.

With many snowfalls and the recent ice storm, one may wonder what's coming next.

According to WTHI News-10 Meteorologist David Wire, it could be a few days of rain.

Wire told The Brazil Times Wednesday the area could experience the chance of rain everyday the rest of this week and into Tuesday.

While the temperatures have increased, there's still a chance for precipitation.

"The trend is changing on one end and not ending on the other," Wire said. "It's changing on temperatures but we're still staying in the trend for precipitation."

But Wire said the rain "shouldn't be a problem."

"We are still coming out of our drought with what we dealt with in the latter part of summer and into fall (2010)," Wire said.

However, even with all the snow that fell and is still melting in addition to the possibility of rain, Wire said there was no cause for alarm.

"As far as getting into flooding issues, it doesn't look like a concern," he said.

But the cyclical pattern of weather this winter should continue, he said.

"We're staying with that trend and that's looking not to change," Wire said.

While snowfall is not expected anytime soon, Wire said temperatures Saturday evening would get to the freezing level (32-degrees), offering the chance of some light snow rather than rain.

"But the percentages are pretty low," he added.

Wire added he doesn't believe sub-zero temperatures will creep back into the area, but he wouldn't rule out the chance of another snowfall, especially with the Indiana High School Athletic Association basketball tournaments kicking into high gear.

"We could have a snowfall in March," he said. "It's not uncommon to get a snowfall in early March. But I really don't believe we're going to be back in the sub-zero temperatures.

"Anything is a possibility. I don't think we're out of the woods just yet."

Wire added he wouldn't rule out the chance of another ice storm like the one that blanketed the area earlier this month.

"Ice storms like this are not uncommon," he said. "They're rare, but they do happen.

"People will say, 'back when I was a kid...' Well, this is one of those winters."

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