The heat is on. WCCO director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak says that high temperatures in the Twin Cities could top 50 degrees on Monday. On Sunday, temperatures reached into the 40s.
As we move towards spring, the upcoming melt poses a flooding risk where you wouldn’t expect it. Alleys and intersections in Minneapolis could be the trouble spots if there’s a rapid warm up. Fifty-seven inches of snow and ice cover most of the city’s 50,000 storm drains, leaving nowhere for the water to go.
With all the snow we’ve had this winter – and the cold temperatures that have kept it around — it’s possible we could see flooding in parts of the state.
The National Weather Service says the possibility of significant flooding remains low in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. A flood outlook released Thursday shows that minor to moderate flooding is expected along the river and its tributaries.
Allow me, if you will, to speak for just about everyone who has emailed me in the past month: we’re ready for spring! At this point in February, of course, spring isn’t ready for us… but it is time to start thinking about the spring flood season.
Forecasters in Grand Forks say the risk for substantial spring flooding is low along the Red River and Devils Lake Basin. But they say winter is far from over and an early thaw is less likely.
The end of our extreme cold weather is coming soon. But the warmup we’ve been waiting for will bring big problems for some homeowners. Pipes that froze and cracked during the freeze could soon dump hundreds of gallons of water into basements, bathrooms and kitchens. Plumbing companies say it’s been a couple decades since they’ve seen this many problems. And they say homeowners better get them fixed as soon as possible.
With more people flying this year than last year for the holiday, travelers just want to make sure they’ll be home for Christmas. The wild weather hitting across the country has holiday travelers worried, however.
Thirty-three people are without a home Sunday morning after a water main break overnight at an apartment complex in Woodbury. It happened in the 300 block of Lake View Drive.
Federal officials say a cluster of replica buildings where an annual Minnesota history festival is held sits in a flood zone and must go. The buildings are owned by 75-year-old philanthropist Jack McGowan. Mankato’s annual History Fest is held in the pretend village at the confluence of the Le Sueur and Blue Earth rivers.
A historic landmark at a Minnesota State Park is about to reopen to the public after flooding destroyed it. Park goers will finally be able to walk across the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park next week. Rushing water from the St. Louis River tore it apart during flooding in the Duluth area two summers ago. Park historian Kristine Hiller says the swinging bridge, originally built in 1924, has a long history at the scenic park.
The Army Corps of Engineers says a study has concluded that a planned diversion of the Red River around Fargo-Moorhead will not have any significant impacts on the environment. The nearly $2 billion flood protection project has been authorized by the U.S. Senate but not by the House. No money has been approved for construction. Some people upstream of the north-flowing river worry that the diversion is overpriced, will damage farmland and will worsen flooding in their areas.
President Obama has signed a federal disaster declaration for 18 Minnesota counties hit hard by severe storms, high winds and flooding in late June. The declaration issued Thursday makes federal disaster aid available to state and eligible local governments.
Residents of Grand Marais are sweeping up dirt and debris after intense storms dumped more than 3 inches of rain along Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. The rain caused street flooding in downtown Grand Marais Thursday, but the water has since receded. Some flooded basements are reported.
Some of Saturday morning’s worst weather hit as athletes were preparing for the annual Lifetime Tri Minneapolis near Lake Nokomis. The final steps of any triathlon are reason to celebrate, but the finish line at the Lifetime Tri Minneapolis also meant victory over unexpected obstacles.