Local, St. Cloud State, Weather — March 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Flooding Season: What to expect



As Minnesota recovers from the latest blizzard, and the first day of spring just weeks away, there is another threat waiting around the corner: when the snow begins to melt, and the flooding plains begin to rise.

The entire state of Minnesota is covered with snow, ranging from 18-30 inches.  And with warmer weather and rainfall scheduled for later this week, things may get a little messy.

Experts say that  late-season snow falls tend to produce even more precipitation than those in January and February. They also say that the best-case scenario would be for a slow warm up, with the temperatures dropping at night to pause the melting.

Some people are already dealing with the melting snow in their homes, towels and rain buckets, catching every drop. 





Although the St. Cloud area is not predicted to flood as much as other parts of Minnesota, Experts are mostly concerned about southern Minnesota, including the entire Minnesota River and parts of the Mississippi River from St. Paul through Red Wing. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of Southern and Central Minnesota from Wednesday morning to Thursday evening as rain fall begins.

If you live in these areas and want to protect your home from flooding, the Department of Natural Resources will be hosting floodplain training and education courses in the Park Rapids area all week.

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