It's not very often that all 87 counties in Minnesota are under the gun for stormy weather, but that's the case this week as a very powerful low-pressure system will cause rain and flooding along with winter storm conditions in parts of the state.
The only parts of Minnesota that will possibly reach winter storm warning criteria are up in north/northwest areas, where 2-8 inches of snow along with wind gusts of 40-55 mph are possible Wednesday night into Thursday.
The watch includes the cities of Crookston, East Grand Forks, Ada, Halstad, Moorhead, Hallock, Karlstad, Lancaster, Roseau, Warroad, Stephen, Argyle, Grygla, Thief River Falls, Red Lake Falls, Fosston, Fertile, Mahnomen, Waubun, Breckenridge, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes and Bemidji.
The rest of Minnesota is in a flood watch. Yes, all of the rest of the entire state. It's pretty crazy.
"Widespread rainfall and temperatures in the mid to upper 40s will lead to localized street flooding Wednesday-Thursday," the NWS Twin Cities says."Very strong winds are likely especially across western MN Thursday. A transition to snow on Thursday could lead to reduced visibilities during falling snow."
The future radar simulation shows rain beginning later today (Tuesday) in southern/southeast Minnesota, then a lull in activity before heavy rain arrives Wednesday through Thursday, with an eventual transition to snow across the state.
All of the rain coupled with storm drains currently blocked by mounds of snow on the street will likely lead to localized flooding. People are encouraged to clear storm drains if able to do so.
If you don't know where the storm drains on the street are located, you can type in your address on Google Street View and try to find them. H/T to KARE 11 for the cool idea!