Cape Girardeau has dodged the really heavy rain so far, but much more is coming.
Over the last few days, areas just to the north and south of Cape have received 3+ inches:
The latest projections from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center at the National Weather Service still show a bullseye over the area for the next five days:
This isn't quite as ominous as yesterday's forecast, but Cape could still see 5+ inches. Depending on the track of the storm systems, some "lucky" winners could easily get 7+ inches.
Not surprisingly, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the entire weekend. Here's the text of the bulletin:
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING... THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
* ALL OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS...SOUTHWEST INDIANA...WESTERN KENTUCKY AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI.
* FROM 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING * THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLOODING WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE WEEKEND. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF TWO TO FIVE INCHES WILL BE COMMON WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THIS HEAVY RAIN FALLING ON ALREADY SATURATED SOIL COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. THE BEST CHANCES OF FLOODING WILL BE SATURDAY NIGHT AND AGAIN SUNDAY NIGHT...ESPECIALLY OVER PORTIONS OF WESTERN KENTUCKY... SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND FAR SOUTHERN ILLINOIS.Meanwhile, long-term river flooding is starting to become a problem. The Mississippi River is now projected to jump into the "moderate flooding" zone (37 feet on the gauge at Cape):