River Flooding Update
We continue to track numerous river flood warnings across parts of southern and central Minnesota, including along parts of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. Meanwhile, over the past couple days more flood warnings have started to pop up into parts of northern Minnesota, including along the Red River.
Numerous rivers – especially across the southern two-thirds of Minnesota – continue to be in flood stage as of late Sunday. Some of these river gauges indicate rivers are in major flood stage.
Taking a closer look at the Mississippi River at St. Paul, it is expected to crest late Sunday or early Monday, and slowly start to go down but stay in major flood stage into at least next weekend.
Meanwhile, the Red River up in Fargo has slowly been climbing over the past several days, and as of late Sunday sat in minor flood stage. The river will continue to climb through minor flood stage this week, nearing moderate flood stage by next Sunday.
National Weather Forecast
On Monday, a stalled out frontal system will bring parts of Florida into southern Georgia the threat of some showers and storms. Some areas of rain and snow are possible from the Northern Rockies into the Northeast with several different systems moving through the region. A stronger low will approach the Pacific Northwest, bringing the threat of rain and higher elevation snow along with it. The eastern two-thirds of the nation will mainly see below average highs (the exception being parts of southern Florida), while the west coast observes mainly above average highs.
Three areas of heavy rain are possible through the beginning of the week. The low moving toward the Northwest could bring parts of Oregon and northern California 1-2″ of rain. 1-2″+ of rain is also possible in parts of the Southeast and far southern Texas in association with that slow moving/stalled out frontal system.
We could still see over a half a foot of snow over the next couple days across some of the higher elevations out in the western United States, with a couple of inches of snow possible in parts of New England as well.
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