The National Weather Service, (NWS) has issued a flood watch for much of southern and central Minnesota, starting Wednesday morning and continuing through Thursday evening. It includes Redwood, Renville, Brown, Yellow Medicine, La Qui Parle, and Watonwan counties.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. The NWS warns that snow melt and rainfall may result in flooding for poor drainage areas.
Temperatures are expected to warm into above-average 40s Wednesday and Thursday, with up to an inch and a half of rain expected. The heaviest rains are expected Wednesday afternoon into evening.
Significant rises in river levels are not expected Wednesday or Thursday, but there could be significant street flooding and standing water due to drainage systems full of ice and snow. Temperatures are expected to fall before freezing Friday, so any standing water will become ice. However, the weekend is expected to be sunny, with temps in the high 30s.