A huge storm system has been making its way across Minnesota overnight, starting off a period of inclement weather that will continue into late Wednesday evening.
The Twin Cities and its surrounding counties are under a flood watch issued by the National Weather Service, which has warned that heavy rain could lead to localized flooding.
Here’s a look at the radar as of 6:05 a.m., courtesy of Accuweather.
In the Northland, the Duluth News Tribune is reporting felled trees and scores of power outages across the region.
The NWS says two to three inches could fall across southern and eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin in the next two days during periods of “moderate to heavy rain,” but some areas can expect as much as five inches.
This is exacerbated by the fact that August was one of the wettest in Minnesota and in the Twin Cities on record and this is still reflected in the elevated water levels in area rivers.
This additional rainfall, the NWS says, could mean flooding in both rural and urban areas, particularly those low-lying and along rivers.
If you were awake at 1 a.m. this morning there was a sure sign that a big storm was on the way – the temperature was recorded at a muggy 81 degrees in the metro area at this time.
The weather is also expected to take a toll on the morning commute, with the weather service saying expect traffic to slow.