Weather Feature

Traffic travels down Fairmount Street in the rain Wednesday morning. Rain chances will continue throughout the morning and early afternoon, with off and on showers possible into the late afternoon and evening hours. 

Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | A day after some areas of Woodbury County saw heavy rainfall, more showers and storms continued to drop significant precipitation totals around Siouxland.

Mike Gillispie, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, said radar estimates on Wednesday morning showed far southeastern Woodbury County had received between 4 and 5 inches of rainfall Tuesday. Most of the county had received 1 to 2 inches, with the heavier totals south of Sioux City. 

Rain continued throughout the morning Wednesday, with Sioux Gateway Airport reporting an additional 2.17 inches of rain as of 2:45 p.m.

As of 3 p.m., rain in Spencer, Iowa, had hit 1.28 inches, breaking the daily record of 1.05 inches set in 1946, according to the weather service.

Gillispie said it remains to be seen how the past two days' precipitation will affect the drought conditions in the area, but some areas should be improving. 

"Looking at the river gauges, there's not a lot of rise on the river, which means it's soaking into the soils," he said. "Areas that received 2 to 4 inches of rain, they're going to see conditions improving over the next several days."

After Tuesday's rainfall, Sioux City was still about 5 1/2 inches short of normal rainfall for this time of year, according to the NWS. 

Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 80 degrees. Thursday's low will be 58 degrees. 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will have highs in the low-to-mid 80s. 


City hall reporter

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