National Weather Service
North Central River Forecast Center  Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
900 AM CST Tue Apr 9 2013

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

                Ice cover conditions as of 04/09/13
Mississippi River
   According to the St Paul Corps of Engineers the first up-bound
tow of the season crushed through more than 12 to 16 inches of
ice that remained at Lake Pepin yesterday...April 8. There was no
ice elsewhere...and water temperatures were warming into the 
upper 30s and higher at most locations.

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 04/09/13:
See the comments above for details. 

Outlook for next 7 days:
Some winter-like weather is still expected to occur over the next
few days with several inches of snow being forecast to fall in
and around Minneapolis Minnesota as overnight lows dip into the 20s.
But since water temperatures have already warmed up a bit and 
daytime air temperatures will climb into the 30s and higher...
we do not expect any new ice of consequence to form.

This will be the last issuance of this product...the weekly 
Mississippi River and Illinois River Ice Statement...for the season
unless dramatically different conditions develop. 

We will resume issuing Ice Statements once again next season around
mid to late November depending on weather conditions at that time.




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