Minnesota rivers to rise again from spring snowstorm melt
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Forecasters say a spring snowstorm barreling toward Minnesota this week contains enough moisture to cause rivers to rise again.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen says the storm could dump 8 inches (20 centimeters) or more of heavy, wet snow in western Minnesota while Minneapolis-St. Paul could see 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters).
Weather Service Hydrologist Craig Schmidt says rivers in Minnesota will likely “turn around and start rising again.” Schmidt says if the precipitation falls mainly as rain, rivers would “respond quickly and come up higher.”
The forecast calls for below-normal temperatures following the storm, which Schmidt says would make for a slower snowmelt. He says rivers could start rising by the end of this week, and some rivers could reach moderate to major flood stage.