Flood warning continues for Mississippi River
After the recent snowmelt and rainfall, the Mississippi River at Aitkin and Fort Ripley is expected to rise this week.
A flood warning remains in effect for the Mississippi River at Aitkin and Crow Wing County and near Fort Ripley until 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Minor flooding may last through the weekend and into next week, the National Weather Service reported Monday.
The Mississippi River at Aitkin was at 12.77 feet as of Monday. Flood stage begins at 12 feet. The river is expected to continue rising to near 14 feet by Friday morning and then begin falling.
At 15 feet, minor flooding of low-lying areas occurs in Aitkin, the weather service reported. Major flood stage is reached at 18 feet. The historic crest hit 22.49 feet on May 20, 1950.
Near Fort Ripley, the Mississippi River was at 9.42 feet Monday. Flood stage begins at 10 feet. The forecast calls for the river to rise above flood stage by early afternoon Wednesday and continue to rise to near 11 feet by Saturday morning.
At 11 feet, the river will cause minor flooding of rural areas near Fort Ripley. Moderate flooding is reached at 12.5 feet and the major flood stage is reached at 26 feet. The record crest at Fort Ripley was 14.30 feet on March 23, 1966.
The Mississippi River at Brainerd reached 11.56 feet Monday. Minor flood stage is 13 feet. Moderate flooding occurs at 16 feet. Major flooding is at 26 feet. The No. 1 historic crest was June 28, 2012, at 17.61 feet.
At Pillager, the Crow Wing River rose to 6.38 feet Monday after being just below 6 feet Friday. The record crest is 12.1 feet, but a date was not available from the National Weather Service’s hydrologic data.
RAIN IN FORECAST
There is the potential for 1-3 inches of wet snow across much of northeast Minnesota Tuesday. Snow is possible Tuesday through Wednesday night with a few more inches possible.
In the Brainerd area, the forecast calls for rain, snow and sleet likely before 10 a.m. before turning to all rain. Wind gusts up to 30 mph are expected with a northeast wind of 15 to 20 mph. Snow and sleet of less than a half-inch is expected.
Rain, or a rain/snow mix is in the forecast each day this week. After an extended period of cloud cover, cool temps and cold rain, the weekend should provide a break with partly sunny skies, highs in the 50s and just a slight chance of rain.
On April 28, a wind advisory was issued for the Twin Ports area with stray wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph that could knock down tree limbs or uproot trees in saturated soils.