More rain, thunder expected in Columbia throughout April

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 6:28 p.m. CDT; updated 5:42 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 2, 2013

COLUMBIA — A large storm system started to affect mid-Missouri weather conditions late Sunday night.

Although precipitation varied from heavy downpours to a light mist, early Tuesday morning was punctuated with cracks of thunder and flashes of lightning. The lightning might have caused a fire at Kelly's Ridge Apartments in west Columbia, according to a news release from the Columbia Fire Department.

The fire, at 3601 W. Broadway, caused $35,000 of damage. Three units of the apartment were deemed uninhabitable, according to the news release.

The thunder and rain are expected to continue.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Britt predicted an additional accumulation of 1 to 2 inches of rain in the next few days with the most severe conditions occurring late Wednesday night and into Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Boone County for Wednesday night through Thursday, meaning flooding is possible but not imminent.

So far this April, Columbia Regional Airport has reported a total accumulation of 4.2 inches. This is 2.01 inches above the normal average and .07 inches more than last year’s accumulation of 4.13 inches.

The Midwest experienced less rain and above average temperatures in May 2012, causing a drought that Britt said might be lessened by the current weather pattern predictions.

The active weather pattern that Columbia has experienced should continue through the rest of the month bringing rain every couple of days, Britt said.

“The latest outlook from the climate prediction center shows the potential for slightly above average precipitation in the months of April through June,” Britt said.

He also said temperatures for these months were expected to be slightly above average.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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