Lawrence gets more than an inch of rain Saturday; 2 to 3 more inches forecast for early next week
Story updated at 9:31 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019:
Lawrence received more than an inch of rain Saturday, and another round of storms early next week is expected to dump another two to three inches on the area.
According to the National Weather Service, 1.12 inches of rain fell on Lawrence on Saturday. Most of that fell during the morning — Brandon Drake, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said Lawrence received 0.98 inches of rain from when thunderstorms started at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday until about 2 p.m.
There won’t be much of a respite before the next round of thunderstorms visits Lawrence and Douglas County, Drake said.
“It will be quiet most of Monday until the evening,” he said. “We could see another two to three inches from late Monday through Tuesday.”
There is a chance of severe weather when the storm moves through on Monday, but the bigger concern is flooding, Drake said. That’s especially true because ponds and lakes are already full from this weekend’s rainfall and the storms of the past month, he said.
Lawrence has received 11.5 inches of precipitation in 2019, according to the National Weather Service. That is about 4.8 inches more than average, but Drake said it’s less than what had fallen on Lawrence last year at this time, when the area was 5.6 inches above the average.
More rain is in the forecast for Memorial Day weekend. Drake said showers are now forecast to start on the evening of Friday, May 24, and continue into the following day. It is too early to predict how much rain will fall during that round of storms, he said.