FRIDAY: Cooler with intervals of sun. High:44
FRIDAY NIGHT: A few passing clouds, otherwise mostly clear and quiet. Low: 28
SATURDAY: Nicer day of the weekend. Mild sunshine early, then increasing clouds. High: 50
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a few light rain showers. Low: 35
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with showers expected. High:52
MONDAY: Mix of sun and clouds. Cool northeast breeze develops. Low: 39. High:50
TUESDAY: Rain/snow mix early, then changing to snow. Turning much cooler. Low: 34. High: 43
WEDNESDAY: Chilly. Snow showers possible early, then clearing. Low:26. High:35
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. Low: 18. High: 38
The updated flood outlook was issued Thursday - here are a few key notes:
1.) With spring flooding already underway over portions of the U.S., NOAA forecasters are warning the worst is yet to come.
2.) Many metropolitan areas have a greater than 95 percent chance of major flooding, including Fargo, Grand Forks, St. Paul, Davenport, Rock Island, Sioux Falls and Huron.
3.) The Mississippi River is likely to see major flooding beginning in late March from its headwaters near St. Paul, Minnesota, downstream to St. Louis. St. Paul, MN has about a 95 percent chance of exceeding major flood stage of 17 feet, where secondary flood walls are deployed to protect the St. Paul Airport. Further downstream, there is a 75% chance (3 out of 4 chance) for major flooding on the Upper Mississippi River from Winona, MN
4.) Devils Lake in North Dakota has an 80 percent chance of reaching two feet above last year’s record of 1452.1 feet.
Mild weather as of late has put a huge dent in the snow pack region wide. The snow depth reading from certified weather observers at the MSP Airport, where official Twin Cities snow stats are kept, showed 6" of snow on the ground earlier this week, which dwindled to 1" Thursday morning and to only a trace in a few spots Thursday night. Interestingly, there was nearly 2" of liquid water locked in that snow Wednesday, which is now running straight into rising rivers. The image below shows the 105 river gauges monitored by the National Weather Service in the selected map area and only one in flood stage in far southwestern Minnesota.