Rain Continues to Drench the Metro

Updated: 04/28/2014 8:23 PM
Created: 04/28/2014 5:38 AM
By: Cassie Hart

The raw winds were back for Monday and they came with heavy rain.

The rain has saturated the ground and some trees were uprooted in the metro, and backyards were transformed by strong winds. Some cities are even asking residents to avoid activities that use excess water, like laundry and taking baths. They are hoping to avoid sewer back ups into homes.

The heavy rainfall could also cause some smaller creeks and rivers to rise and create some spot flooding. The major rivers are not expected to flood.

In central Minnesota, emergency officials are keeping an eye on the Mississippi and Sauk rivers as they could approach close to flood stage.

Meanwhile back in the metro, expect a cool and wet week ahead because the Twin Cities is stuck on the cold and wet side of the sprawling weather system.

KSTP meteorologist Dave Dahl said, the steady rain will become more scattered overnight into Tuesday, with those scattered showers hanging around until Friday. As a result of all of the clouds and showers, temperatures will probably remain 15 to 20 degrees below average with highs only in the low to mid 40s most of this week. However, a warm-up is expected next week.

"It looks as though we'll end up with something close to 4 inches by Tuesday evening officially here in the Twin Cities," said Dave.

A light dusting of snow is possible Tuesday night in western Minnesota.

The rain, along with wind and thunderstorms, caused problems for Minnesotans on Sunday. Ice from Mille Lacs Lake blew off the lake and onto part of Highway 169 in Crow Wing County, temporarily blocking traffic and damaging some homes.

A giant tree fell onto a duplex in St. Paul late Sunday night. The red cross is helping four adults and 2 children, whose home is located on the 1600 block of McAfee Street.

A river rescue search was called off in Minneapolis due to the treacherous conditions.

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Photo: KSTP/File

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Few Clouds
60° | 45°
  • Feels like: 44° F
  • Wind: ESE 7mph
  • Humidity: 52%
  • Wed Windy with thunderstorms in the area
    72° | 44°
  • Thu Windy with a mix of sun and clouds
    58° | 34°
  • Fri Mostly sunny
    46° | 30°
  • Sat Plenty of sun
    54° | 40°