National Weather Service
North Central River Forecast Center  Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
930 AM CST Tue Mar 26 2013

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

                Ice cover conditions as of 03/26/13
Mississippi River
  Ice depths varied considerably...with the thickest amounts...
other than what is in Lake Pepin....being reported in the pools 
of Dams 8 through 11. Ice depths in this stretch ranged from about
2 to 7 inches. Little or no ice was reported from about Dam 14 
  Lake Pepin ice measurements taken back on March 13 averaged
22 inches. New measurements will be taken by the St Paul Corps
of Engineers tomorrow...March 27. 

Illinois River System (Chicago/Illinois R)
  No ice was reported on the Illinois river.
Data source: US Army Corps of Engineers Lock Status Report at
Current conditions as of 03/26/13:
See the comments above for details. 

Outlook for next 7 days:
We had a late start to this ice-making season...but now it
appears that this is the Winter that does not want to end.
Temperatures are currently running about 10 to 15 degrees
below normal. A gradual warmup to near normal is forecast
for this weekend...but then cooler weather may come right
back in at the beginning of next week. The good news is that 
even these somewhat cold temperatures will not be enough to
generate much if any new ice development. However...it will
likely make the process of getting rid of the ice in Lake Pepin
a very long and drawn-out affair indeed.

The next Ice Statement will be released on Tuesday..Apr 2 2013.




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