National Weather Service
North Central River Forecast Center  Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
900 AM CST Tue Jan 28 2014

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

                Ice cover conditions as of 01/28/14
Mississippi River
Much of the Mississippi has at least 8 to 16 inches of ice..or more..
from around Dam 1 down through Dam 22. South of there...the ice 
amounts diminish and are more scattered...but even Lock and Dam 25
just above St Louis was still reporting 100 percent coverage of 5 
inches of stationary ice today.

Illinois River System (Chicago/Illinois R)
The Illinois Waterway has quite a bit of ice also...with thicknesses
ranging generally from about 4 to 10 inches in the south...to as
much as 18 inches way up north.

Data source: US Army Corps of Engineers Lock Status Report at
Current conditions as of 01/28/14:
See the comments above for details.

Outlook for next 7 days:
This sounds like a broken record...temperatures are yet again
turning significantly colder today. Minneapolis MN dipped to 
minus 18 this morning while St Louis MO down south was only 5 above.
A short rebound in temperatures is predicted for Wednesday and
Thursday before they dip once again by the weekend. Overall...
temperatures are expected to remain well below normal overall for
the next week or two....possibly even longer. Based on this...
we should see continued ice development at most locations this
week...and ice jamming will also continue to be a threat...
especially south in Missouri..Illinois..and other nearby locations.  

The next Ice Statement will be released on Tuesday..Feb 4 2014.




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