Remnants of Isaac on track to bring heavy rain to Columbia

Thursday, August 30, 2012 | 8:28 p.m. CDT; updated 9:05 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 30, 2012

COLUMBIA — Remnants of Hurricane Isaac continued to creep northward Thursday evening and are on track to move through mid-Missouri this weekend and bring much-needed rainfall to the drought-stricken region.

Melissa Byrd of the National Weather Service in St. Louis said late Thursday that rain from Isaac should start to move in around daybreak Friday and continue through Friday and Saturday before tapering off Sunday.

Byrd said rainfall was expected to be heaviest Friday night and going into Saturday.

Initially, the rain will run off fairly quickly because the ground is hard, Byrd said, but as the ground softens, the soil will begin to absorb the water.

According to a hydrologic outlook issued by the weather service in St. Louis on Thursday afternoon, rain will move into southern Missouri and southern Illinois on Thursday night.

Projected rainfall was between 3 and 5 inches, Byrd said, with locally higher amounts possible.

Byrd said the rain would likely still be falling Saturday into the 6 p.m. kickoff of Missouri's first football game of the season against Southeastern Louisiana.

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