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More rain on the way to flood-stricken Minnesota

26 Jun 2014, 4:53 am

It’s the last thing we need in the last place we need it, so naturally, here comes ol’ Mother Nature to pile on.

More big rains are on the stormy horizon in Minnesota later this week and into this weekend as a slow-moving low will dump more rains on the upper Midwest. Hard-hit Minneapolis could see as much as four inches of rain by Saturday afternoon, according to our in-house model, and more is possible into the end of the weekend and early next week as well.

Here’s a look at how much rain we could be looking at by early morning Tuesday, with yellows indicating about an inch to two inches of rain and red areas showing three inches or more:

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There’s a clear bullsye indicated by the GFS model (above), the question is, who gets the bulk of that heavy rainfall this weekend? It all depends on who gets soaked by individual storms, something that’s hard to correctly pinpoint this far out in advance, although the GFS is going with northern Iowa (the in-house model says Minneapolis, for now).

The Mississippi River in Minnesota is at one of its all-time highest flood stages, and Raspberry Island in St. Paul (in the middle of the mighty Mississippi) is virtually entirely underwater. The banks of the river are already spilling out all over its path through southern Minnesota. Floods have left wide swathes of the Twin Cities metro area in big trouble, and more could be looming this weekend.

Minneapolis needs less than an inch to surpass its all-time June rainfall record (11.67”, at 10.85” currently) set way back in 1874. Unfortunately, there’s little doubt that it will be broken this weekend as a slow-moving low brings storms into the region Friday night and Saturday through central and southern Minnesota. Western areas will take the brunt of the rainfall on Friday, while eastern areas will encounter more rain on Saturday, although everyone has a chance for storms both days (and possible severe weather both days, too).

If you live in a flood-prone area or have a basement prone to flooding in Minnesota, western Wisconsin or northern Iowa, take precautions now – because more unnecessary rain is on the way.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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