We haven’t seen much sunshine lately in the past few days, but that hasn’t stopped temperatures from making it into the mid to upper 30′s this past week. This recent thaw has done numbers to decrease the dirty and ugly looking snow pack that still covers the area. More snow is expected to fall next week which could help replenish some of the melted snow. This extra snow is not good news as flood concerns grow with spring rapidly approaching. On Thursday March 3rd, the National Weather Service in Lacrosse issued its latest spring snowmelt flood outlook.
Flooding is likely along the Mississippi, Red, and Minnesota Rivers due to the large amounts of snowfall seen this past winter. Local flooding is also possible throughout southeast Minnesota, but a lot of that is dependent on how the remainder of the winter pans out. If a couple of larger storms impact the area during the thaw period, localized flooding will become a greater concern.
We are currently watching a larger storm that has a ton of moisture with it. It is still too early to say to just how much snow we will get out of this upcoming storm because the track is still uncertain. The track means everything in the amount of snow we will see and what type it will fall in. This storm has the potential to bring another good plowable snow Tuesday night and into Wednesday, and if it does it will not help the upcoming flooding concerns.
This post was written by jkegges on March 4, 2011