Rain outlook

Think soggy, mushy and squishy for your work and school week. 

Forecasters suggest keeping your umbrella handy on the heels of a wet weekend, with rain chances in Lincoln's foreseeable future.

As of Monday afternoon, Lincoln had recorded 3.64 inches of rainfall over the holiday weekend, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Brett Albright. And you can expect more wet days, through at least Friday. 

Albright said the area has been in a stagnant weather pattern, sandwiched in a corridor between a high pressure system over the southeastern United States and weak low pressure over the desert southwest. The resulting southerly winds are bringing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico over eastern Nebraska. 

"So you end up with a lot of moisture, a lot of humidity in the air, and we get thunderstorms ... that produce a lot of rain," he said. 

The system caused flooding in northeast Kansas on Monday morning that led to evacuations, according to media reports.

More than 150 people were rescued by emergency crews in Manhattan, Kansas, Monday after 9 inches of rain fell overnight and flooded areas of the city, television station WIBW in Topeka reported.

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Rescue crews used boats and even a dump truck to help people endangered by the rising water. About 300 people sought emergency shelter in Manhattan, the station reported.

Locally, the National Weather Service posted flood warnings Monday for the Missouri River corridor south of Nebraska City and for the Little Blue River in Clay and Nuckolls counties. Some flooding has already occurred in low-lying areas south of Interstate 80, Albright said. 

In Lincoln, a chance of rain was expected to linger Monday night but forecasts anticipate rainfall will pick up during the early hours Tuesday with thunderstorms likely at 9 a.m., according to the Weather Service.

The rain predictions lessen a bit by Wednesday, but thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall through the end of the week.

In Lincoln, Sunday's rainfall total of 2.42 inches broke the nearly century-old record for rainfall on Sept. 2, and the Lincoln Airport has already topped the average for rain in all of September.

Storm photos from Saturday night

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