The flooded Minnesota appears to be cresting at Jordan today.
The river level is topping out around 33.1 feet. That's very close to the 3rd highest flood on record for the Minnesota at Jordan (33.11') and the first time a top 5 flood has occurred in fall.
The bubble of floodwater now rolls down river toward Chaska, Shakopee and Savage, where the river is expected to crest over the weekend.
The Mississippi River at St. Paul is expected to crest Saturday at 18.4 feet in St. Paul. This should put about 1 foot of water onto Harriet Island.
You can follow the flood on the City of St. Paul webcam here.
September swan song:
September goes out today on a mild note. After yesterday's 74 degree high, it looks like the month will close with temperatures in the Twin Cities running near average at -0.8 degrees.
It was a wet month, with another epic weather event...the flood event in southern Minnesota which produce 6" to 12" rainfall in under two days.
The Twin Cities picked up 5.53" (+2.98") of rainfall for the month, and we now stand at 26.43" (+2.14") for the year. If we finish the year wetter than average, it will be the first time since 2007.
Get ready for a shot of cool crisp Canadian air.
The season's strongest cold front will blow through Minnesota Friday. Behind the front, the coldest air of the season will bring a frost threat to much of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro.
It's time to dig out some little used weather adjectives like crisp, bracing, frigid, frosty, and refreshing.
The invigorating air mass will plunge temps into the 30s for much of southern Minnesota by Sunday morning, with temps in the 20s up north. You will want to cover up any sensitive plants to protect from frost this weekend.
The front may sport a few showers as it moves through Friday.
The cabin closing air mass will keep highs in the 50s on Saturday with temps recovering into the 60s Sunday.
Short lived cold snap:
If you like warm weather, the good news is the cold spell will be brief. Warmer southerly winds will kick in by Monday, and temperatures could push into the 70s again early next week. The milder pattern will return, and Minnesota may see above average temps for the next 10 days.