Monday Weather Forecast
Flooding Rivers such as Cannon River in Northfield will be at or above flood stage this week and Ice Jams on any Stream or River could cause significant rises in water levels in short period of time. More flooding is expected this week with current snow melt and upcoming storm system that will produce 1” to 2” of precipitation mostly in form of Rain in Twin Cities and south but over 12” of Snow in western and northern Minnesota Tuesday and Wednesday.
Intense Spring Storm (Low Pressure area) actually stronger than the storm last Friday/Saturday will move into the Midwest on Tuesday brining Snow, Heavy Rain, Severe T-Storms, Tornadoes and High Winds all across the Midwest. Twin Cities and southern Minnesota will see some Snow Tuesday morning between 3am and 9am then Warm enough for Rain and T-Storms Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Heavy Rainfall could cause Street and River Flooding. Hail and High Wind Gusts will be possible with T-Storms as well.
The center of the storm system ( Low Pressure area ) will move over central Minnesota on Tuesday and off to the northeast over Lake Superior by Wednesday. The warm sector of the storm areas with Southerly Winds will extend from Twin Cities and south into Iowa Tuesday into Wednesday morning – Heavy Rains and T-Storms are likely. Rainfall amounts of 1” to 2” likely in Twin Cities and southern Minnesota and this could lead to some Flash Flooding.
In the Colder Air on Tuesday Freezing Rain will cause some Ice Accumulations of .25” along a line from Sioux Falls,SD to Alexandria, Saint Cloud, Brainerd and Duluth.
Farther west on Tuesday Heavy Snow and Blizzard Conditions likely from Rapid City,SD to Pierre,SD to all of eastern North Dakota including Fargo and Grand Forks and northeast into northern Minnesota along a line from Crookston to Bemidji to International Falls to Hibbing.
Heavy Snow and Blizzard Conditions will quickly develop over western and central South Dakota and central and eastern North Dakota early Tuesday morning and spread east Tuesday afternoon into western and northern Minnesota along a line from Alexandria to Brainerd and into northeast Minnesota including Duluth, Hibbing, Lutsen, Grand Marais, International Falls, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls. Winds on Wednesday evening in Twin Cities from the West at 15 to 30 mph with Gusts to 50 mph.
Thursday will be Cold for the Twins Game at Target Field with Partly Cloudy Skies, Gusty Northwest Winds at 10 to 20 mph and temperatures in the upper 30s ( Wind-Chills near 30 degrees ). Cold start to Friday then Warmer in the afternoon with Sunshine and Lighter Wind conditions. Breezy and Warmer on Saturday with highs in low 60s. Cold Front moves through Easter Sunday and could produce a few Light Spotty Rain Showers Sunday afternoon with highs in low to mid 50s.
The additional upcoming Heavy Rain and Snow this upcoming week along with the precipitation from the most recent storm system along with un-melted Snow will continue to increase the risk for Moderate to Severe Flooding of Rivers all across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Some of the most intense Flooding in Minnesota and Wisconsin this April is likely to be experienced along St.Croix River from Stillwater, Hudson, Afton, Hastings to Prescott,WI. Smaller Rivers such as the Crow River in Delano/Mayer area and Vermilion River in Farmington and Hastings and southeast Dakota County area and Cannon River in Cannon Falls/Northfield area will also likely have Flooding too. Now is the time to plan and prepare for Snowmelt Flooding if your area has had Snowmelt Flooding Problems in the past.
Mainly Cloudy with Peeks of Sun and Chilly for early April.
HIGH: 45 Degrees.
Wind: West at 5 to 10 mph.
Cloudy and Breezy with Snow and Rain Mix possible after 6 a.m. Tuesday. Chance for Snow amd Rain Mix after 6 a.m. Tuesday is 80%.
LOW: 34 Degrees.
Wind: Northeast at 10 to 15 mph.
Cloudy and Windy with Snow and Rain Mix possible 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. ( No Snow Accumulation ) then Rain and T-Storms in the afternoon and evening with Heavy Rainfall at times and Small Hail in T-Storms. Chance for Snow and Rain Mix 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. is 80% and Rain and T-Storms afternoon and evening is 100%.
HIGH: 41 Degrees.
Wind: East at 15 to 30 mph. Higher Gusts near T-Storms
LOW: 40 Degrees. ( Rain and Thunder )
TWIN CITIES METRO OUTLOOK:
WEDNESDAY………….…40 / 22 Cloudy with Rain & T-Storms in the early AM then Strong Winds & Cold with Snow Showers in the afternoon & evening – No Snow Accumulation but Blizzard Conditions expected 100 miles northwest of Twin Cities Wednesday afternoon & evening & points west into the Dakotas. Chance for AM Rain & T-Storms and PM Snow Showers is 100%. Temperatures will fall from 40 degrees at noon to low 30s by 6 pm.