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Weather Service: Chances of major flooding still high in Stillwater, Red Wing

Slow melting in the next 7-10 days could ease the flood threat

The chance of major flooding remains high along the St. Croix River and Mississippi River south of St. Paul, thanks to deep snowpack and cool spring temperatures, according to a National Weather Service flood outlook issued Thursday.

The report showed few changes from the forecast issued two weeks ago, with chances of major flooding slightly higher in Stillwater and Red Wing and slightly lower in St. Paul.

The forecast contained a bit of good news amid the alarms: Rainfall and temperature patterns for the next seven to 10 days should promote slow melting that could ease the flood threat, said National Weather Service meteorologist Craig Schmidt. The severity of any flooding will depend on what happens with rain and temperatures in April, he added.


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