updated 4/2/2008 8:40:36 PM ET 2008-04-03T00:40:36

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for rivers and creeks in Kentucky in advance of heavy rain expected Thursday afternoon through Friday.

Forecasters say up to 4 inches of rain is expected to fall over the northern part of the state within a 48-hour period, beginning Thursday.

Major flooding is forecast along the Rolling Fork River near Boston in central Kentucky. Moderate flooding is expected along the Rough River at Dundee in western Kentucky. Other areas across the state may see minor flooding.

Meteorologist John Denman says the ground is already soaked from recent rains across Kentucky.

The central U.S. has seen rain most of this week. At least two people have drowned in Tennessee and a third in Oklahoma in recent days. Two of the victims were young children.

Severe thunderstorms pounded parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri on Monday. High wind and a few tornadoes caused scattered damage.

Elsewhere, heavy snow fell across the Upper Midwest, with 20 inches reported in Negaunee Township in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The Minnesota State Patrol said slick roads contributed to at least one traffic death Monday.

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