NWS: S. Minn. could see significant spring floodsby Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The National Weather Service in Minnesota says that the southern part of the state could be in for a second straight spring of significant flooding.
Hydrologist Diana Cooper said her focus is on southern Minnesota, where very preliminary computer models suggest floodwaters are likely to close Highway 101 in the southeastern metro area.
"Just like last year, the south fork of the Crow and the Crow system are looking at above normal chances, some significant above normal chances of seeing flooding," Cooper said.
That could include areas like Delano and Watertown. Cooper said long-range models suggest a 63 percent chance that St. Paul could see the Mississippi at major flood stage for the third time in two years.
Heavy rains last summer, more rain in September and lots of snow so far this winter have raised concerns about flooding. The weather service says snowfall set a December record at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last week.