By Shereen Siewert
A combination of heavy rain and melting snow may cause flooding of rivers, streams and urban areas Saturday night through early Monday morning, a forecast that prompted weather officials to issue a flood watch for much of central, northern and eastern Wisconsin from Saturday evening through late Sunday night.
Marathon, Portage, Waushara and Wood Counties are among those impacted by the watch, issued Friday by the National Weather Service in Green Bay. The flood watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.
Many rivers and streams are already near their banks, and the expected heavy rain and melting snow may cause some of them to rise above flood stage.
Some rivers that are most likely to flood include the Wolf, Oconto, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Peshtigo and East.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Residents are urged to monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings.
Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.