Unrelenting heavy rain has forced the National Weathe Service to issue flash flood warnings south and southwest of the metro area.
At 12:16 p.m., the NWS issued flash flood warnings for northern Le Sueur County, southern Scott County and eastern Nicollet County. The warnings are in effect until 3:15 p.m.
"At 1215 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Two to three inches of rain have already fallen over portions of Le Sueur and Nicollet counties, with additional rainfall amounts of one to two inches are possible. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly."
Locations expected to experience flooding include: St. Peter, New Prague, Le Sueur, Le Center, Kasota, Helena, Ottawa, Heidelberg, St. Thomas, St. Henry and St. Benedict.
The heavy rain has led to road closures, namely Hwy. 169 near St. Peter where mudslides have caused major travel disruptions. More details on the road closures here.