Heavy rains followed by freezing temps at end of week

October 9, 2018

The rain, rain won’t go away. Not until another few days.

The National Weather Service in La Crosse has issued a flash flood watch for all of Southeast Minnesota except Houston County, warning that strong storms with damaging winds and heavy rain will congregate along and south of Interstate 90.

Rain is expected through Wednesday evening with up to 4 inches expected across the region and higher totals in localized areas.

Low-lying areas, especially near streams and rivers, could see flash flooding as waterways rise rapidly during the succession of storms. Meanwhile, wind gusts could uproot trees and down power lines, the Weather Service warns.

Temperatures today and Tuesday will range from the low to mid-60s as highs, and the mid-50s to upper 40s as overnight lows. Wednesday’s high temperature should reach 51 in Rochester and stay just above freezing Wednesday night.

On Thursday, the rain will be replaced by cloudy skies, but the winds will persist. Rochester’s high temperature of 41 will be followed by an overnight low of 29 degrees.

Steve Burich, manager of the garden center for Sargent’s North, said if people with annuals or bedding plants are still looking to get a little more life out of them this fall, those plants should be covered Thursday night or brought into a garage.

“Most people will let their annuals go for the most part,” Burich said, adding that Rochester is past the usual date for a first frost. “We’re kind of on borrowed time now.”

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