National Weather Service
North Central River Forecast Center  Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
905 AM CST Tue Feb 12 2013

...Mississippi River and Illinois River Ice Statement...

                Ice cover conditions as of 02/12/13
Mississippi River
  Ice depths varied from about 5 to 16 inches at the pools of 
Dams 1 through 13...with the thickest report coming from Dam 6.
Then...south of Dam 13...variable amounts of shore ice existed
down to about Dam 20...with little or no ice in the main channel.

Illinois River System (Chicago/Illinois R)
  There was a generally light coverage of ice in the far north...
with no ice indicated elsehwere. 
Data source: US Army Corps of Engineers Lock Status Report at
Current conditions as of 02/12/13:
See the comments above for details. 

Outlook for next 7 days:
Temperatures are forecast to run a little above normal for the
next few days before dipping 5 to 10 degrees below normal this
upcoming weekend. Then a return to normal or above is anticipated
for next Monday. Based on this...some minor ice activity may occur
...but in general...conditions are not expected to change
significantly. Ice jams are a possibility on some tributary rivers
...especially in Wisconsin and other nearby areas. These locations
will be monitored closely.

The next Ice Statement will be released on Tuesday..Feb 19 2013.




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