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Minnesota

Flood Warning (Severe)

Koochiching, MN; Lake, MN; St. Louis, MN

* WHAT...Flooding caused by rain and snowmelt is occurring. Namakan
Lake has already surpassed the level reached in the 2014 flood and
is continuing to rise. Rainy Lake rose above the 2014 level May
23rd.

* WHERE...Rivers and lakes within the Rainy River Basin including
Crane Lake, Namakan Lake, Kabetogama Lake and Rainy Lake.

* WHEN...Flooding is occurring now and is expected to continue.

* IMPACTS...Strong lake level rises are ongoing. Flooding continues
and lake levels have yet to crest. Expect high water continuing
for the next several weeks.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...
- At 724 AM CDT, Emergency management reported ongoing flooding
across the warned area.
- Lake levels on Namakan Lake are expected to rise an
additional 5 to 7 inches between May 26th and June 1st with
continued rises into mid June possible. Namakan Lake inflows
have peaked and are dropping quickly, but a wet pattern
expected over the weekend may drop an additional 1 to 3
inches of rain over the area.
Rainy Lake is expected to rise an additional 11 to 13 inches
between May 26th and June 1st. Rainy Lake has exceeded the
2014 flood level. The rate of rise on Rainy Lake should slow
over the next 7 day forecast period.
- Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Rainer, Island View, Voyageurs National Park, Crane Lake, and
Kabetogama Lake.
- http://www.weather.gov/dlh/RainyRiverBasin

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Start Time
5/26/2022 7:48 AM
End Time
6/1/2022 4:00 PM

Aitkin, MN; Crow Wing, MN

* WHAT...Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast.

* WHERE...Mississippi River At Aitkin.

* WHEN...Until further notice.

* IMPACTS...At 13.0 feet, The boat ramp at Aitkin city park floods.
A few driveways become covered with water in the Cedarbrook area.
Minor flooding of farmland occurs in the Cedarbrook community.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...
- At 4:30 PM CDT Thursday the stage was 13.8 feet.
- Recent Activity...The maximum river stage in the 24 hours
ending at 4:30 PM CDT Thursday was 14.1 feet.
- Forecast...The river is expected to fall below flood stage
Sunday morning and continue falling to 12.0 feet Thursday
morning.
- Flood stage is 13.0 feet.
- Flood History...This crest compares to a previous crest of
13.8 feet on 05/13/1964.
- http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood

Start Time
5/26/2022 5:35 PM
End Time
5/27/2022 5:45 PM

IDEAL CONDITIONS WITH FEW CLOUDS THURSDAY NIGHT, WARM TEMPERATURES AND SUNSHINE FRIDAY

Wednesday’s rainfall fell in the parts of the Northland that could handle it.  Locations across northwest Wisconsin saw over half-an-inch, with a few getting over an inch.  Most of the Minnesota side saw less than half-an-inch, which will help with the flooding situation along the Rainy River Basin.  A Flood Warning continues until further notice, with water levels along Namakan and Rainy lakes to rise between 5 to 13 inches over the next week.

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The forecast will cooperate for all of us through Friday night, with clearing skies Thursday night as high pressure moves in from the west.  Temperatures will drop into the lower half of the 40s, and winds will be calm.  Friday will be a beautiful day with just a few clouds, light winds, and temperatures warming into the lower half of the 70s.

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Once Saturday comes around, a more unsettled summer-like forecast will be in the western Great Lakes.  No one day this Memorial Day weekend will be a wash out, but there will be chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout.  Each day also brings the potential for a few storms to be strong or severe.  The greatest threat for this will be Sunday and Memorial Day Monday.  Temperatures will be around average in the 60s Saturday and Sunday, with the warmest day on Monday with some locations reaching into the 80s.  Winds will also be breezy at times.

Rain and storm chances continue through Tuesday of next week before we get a break on Wednesday, with another chance for showers and storms next Thursday.  Temperatures will cool back to around average by mid-next week with winds breezy again.

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Meteorologist Rusty Mehlberg

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