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Rain-Snow Mix Causing Problems in Metro, High 42

Updated: 04/29/2014 2:32 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 5:29 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The rain is causing some problems across the Twin Cities metro.

Rain showers remain in the forecast for Tuesday, but this time some wet snow is mixing in at times, according to KSTP Morning Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow. Tuesday's high is expected to be 42 degrees.

Watch for minor detours on your way to work in Minneapolis as flooded roads are scattered throughout Hennepin County. Theodore Wirth Parkway was closed to traffic overnight. In Wayzata, water covered Bushaway Road.

Track your commute with KSTP's traffic map.

Crews could be seen out sandbagging Monday. That is more precautionary that anything, but some areas have flooded.

All of this rain is threatening to flood the sewer systems in some local cities. The Buffalo Wastewater Department is asking people there to limit water use. Residents with sump pumps are urged to re-route it to the outside of the house immediately.

The standing water could even create a mess and potentially some major damage in your yard, too, according to Forester Eli Sagor. Tree roots are starting to break loose and fall over in the over-saturated ground.

"It doesn't take a huge amount of rain to destabilize a tree if that tree is prone to it," Sagor said. "So if a tree has a really small root system, if its constrained by sidewalks, if its growing in a really tight space, if you just expanded your driveway and you cut into those roots, these are all things that can predispose a tree to damage and we've had enough rain to make that happen."


Minneapolis/St. Paul

Overcast
70°
86° | 72°
  • Feels like: 70° F
  • Wind: 6mph
  • Humidity: 93%
  • Sun Partly cloudy, chance of a thunderstorm
    90° | 66°
  • Mon More sun than clouds
    78° | 60°
  • Tue Showers
    74° | 58°
  • Wed Chance of showers
    72° | 55°

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