National Weather Service
North Central River Forecast Center  Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
850 AM CST Tue Feb 4 2014

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

                Ice cover conditions as of 02/04/14
Mississippi River
Much of the Mississippi has at least 8 to 22 inches of ice..or more..
from around Dam 1 down through Dam 22. South of there...the ice 
is not quite as thick...but even Lock and Dam 25 just a little ways
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 7 inches in the south...to as
much as 16 inches way up north.

Data source: US Army Corps of Engineers Lock Status Report at
Current conditions as of 02/04/14:
See the comments above for details.

Outlook for next 7 days:
This sounds like a broken record...but the cycle of re-occurring
Arctic outbreaks seems to still want to continue well into 
February. The temperature in Minneapolis MN is forecast to dip
all the way down to minus 14 Wednesday night while at the same
time St Louis MO down south will barely stay above zero degrees 
Fahrenheit. A small rebound in temperatures is predicted for the
rest of the week into the weekend...but overall...temperatures 
are expected to remain well below normal overall for the next
week or two...possibly 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 
southern Iowa...Missouri..Illinois..and other nearby locations.  

The next Ice Statement will be released on Tuesday..Feb 11 2014.




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