Rain expected each day until Sunday

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Umbrellas will come in handy the next few days, but hip waders can probably stay in the closet.

The National Weather Service forecast has a chance of showers every day through Saturday, with a possibility of thunderstorms sprinkled in, but as of Monday was not expecting severe weather or flooding in Pittsburgh.

"We're going to see occasional bouts of rain showers at least through Wednesday," meteorologist Bill Modzelewski said. "It's going to be drawn out over enough of a period where we shouldn't see too much of an impact."

Most areas are likely get an inch to 1.5 inches of rain by Wednesday night, he said. "There could be a couple spots that get a little more than that."

At most, the rain could cause rises in streams and rivers.

Severe weather is unlikely in Pittsburgh, but there is a "small risk" of severe storms this afternoon to the west, in parts of Ohio, he said.

Rainfall in Pittsburgh this month had totaled 3.13 inches through Sunday, about 0.3 inches above normal, and Monday marked the 21st day with measurable rain in April, but 10 of those "rainy" days saw less than one-tenth of an inch come down.

Precipitation was more than an inch below normal in March and is 1.4 inches below normal for the year to date, so the ground isn't exactly saturated.

The weather service's river forecast does not anticipate a significant rise at the Point. It anticipates rises of 2 to 5 feet along portions of the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers, but nothing that approaches flood stage.

Today's forecast called for showers with afternoon thunderstorms possible and a high in the low 60s, with sustained winds around 20 mph and gusts of more than 30 mph. The rain was expected to continue tonight with a low around 50. On Wednesday, more showers and thunderstorms were forecast, with a high around 70.

The chance of rain declines after that but doesn't disappear entirely until Sunday, according to the weather service


Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868.

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