DETROIT -

Periods of rain -- possibly mixed with some sleet -- will continue through 4 p.m. Wednesday, and then things will taper off a bit for the late afternoon and early evening hours in Metro Detroit.

We've already had a lot of rain, but there's plenty more where this came from. Three or four more big batches of rain will cross the area from tonight through Thursday night. 

I've attached to this article the latest output from our RPM computer model.  What you are looking at is the model's forecast of total rainfall from today through Friday.

As you can see, some parts of southeast Michigan could receive another two inches of rain on top of what we've already received. 

This is why the National Weather Service has issued the Flood Watch.  However, despite the risk for flooding, we desperately need this rain.  From March 1 through Tuesday afternoon, we had only received 28 percent of our normal rainfall for the same five week period. 

As crummy as the weather is right now for little league practices and other outdoor activities, this rain is a critical soil moisture recharge that our farmers will really need when they plant this year's crops.

So keep your umbrella handy, but don't curse the rain as you dash to and from your car:  without this rain, we could have faced a pretty serious drought situation come summer.

Your latest weather forecast is always on the Weather Page of ClickOnDetroit.com and on Local 4 News.

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