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First Alert Weather Day: Times of pounding rain tonight

First Alert Day continues tonight through Monday as our soaking rain continues. Heavy rain is expected at times tonight through Monday morning along with blustery wind gusts.
Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 6:05 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 12:10 AM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - TONIGHT FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: The rain is here to stay across Michiana overnight and at times will become a heavy, pounding rain. While severe weather is not expected lightning/thunder and gusty winds are likely in the heaviest pockets of rain.

Heaviest precipitation from this event will remain just south of the Indiana Toll Road. Slightly lesser amounts across southwest Michigan. Area-wide rainfall totals by Monday afternoon will range from 2-4 inches with isolated pockets of 3-5 inches. Watch for standing water on roadways and flooded gravel roads and ditches.

Wind will continue to increase tonight with gusts at times approaching into the 30s. Gusts along the shores of Lake Michigan will approach 40+ mph. A Gale Warning is in effect from 7 pm Sunday night through Monday evening for Lake Michigan.

MONDAY FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Periods of heavy rainfall in the morning will transition to showers by late morning. Showers will begin to exit west to east as we head through the afternoon.

Expect a blustery day with wind gusts at times approaching 30 mph. Highs near 50° with wind chills remaining in the upper 30s to low 40s throughout the afternoon. Wind: N 15-30 mph. Wave heights on lake Michigan will range from 5 to 10 feet throughout the day with isolated waves up to 15 feet with gusts at the lakeshore nearing 35-40 knots (40-45+ mph).

TUESDAY: High pressure builds in and will help to dry us out. A mostly sunny sky is expected with highs in the mid-50s. Wind: N 10-15 mph.

LONG RANGE: Watching our next system approaching us Wednesday night through Saturday morning. We will have another slow-moving low-pressure system moving just south of the area. This will bring times of steady rain Thursday-Friday. Spotty showers still remain possible for the first half of Saturday as the low moves off to the east. Dry again by Halloween before a dip in the jet stream brings down MUCH cooler next week.

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