Snow Raises Risk of Flooding

Snow Raises Risk of Flooding Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) – Last week’s snowstorm has increased the risk of flooding.

Meteorologist Tyler Hassenstein, with the National Weather Center Office in Chanhassen, says they’re watching the state’s river’s closely after the state was hit with rain, sleet and snow, flooding could be a concern for a while.

“Just the plethora of moisture is going to end up continuing the flooding, at least for a couple of weeks.”

The National Weather Service says St. Cloud got 8.3 inches of snow Wednesday through Sunday and now, it’s getting warmer.

“Definitely a concern in terms of additional flooding, with temperatures moderating back into the 40s and even into the 50s.”

The Mississippi River in St. Cloud is expected to crest on April 22nd at eight and a half feet, flood stage is nine feet. The Sauk River in St. Cloud is predicted to stay below the flood stage too.

In March, an ice jam caused the Sauk River to flood and temporarily close down Anton’s Restaurant in Waite Park. The restaurant has since reopened.

The Crow River could hit moderate flood stage in Rockford.

The Mississippi River is expected to cause issues in St. Paul where the Mississippi could hit moderate flood stage.

Communities on the Minnesota River such as Montevideo are expected to hit major flood stage by the end of the week.

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