National Weather Service
North Central River Forecast Center  Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
715 AM CST Tue Feb 11 2014

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

                Ice cover conditions as of 02/11/14
Mississippi River
Much of the Mississippi has at least 10 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 26 (Melvin Price)
just above St Louis was reporting 100 percent coverage of 8 
inches of stationary ice just yesterday.

Illinois River System (Chicago/Illinois R)
The Illinois Waterway has quite a bit of ice also...with thicknesses
ranging generally from about 6 to 9 inches in the south...to as
much as 20 inches way up north.

Data source: US Army Corps of Engineers Lock Status Report at
Current conditions as of 02/11/14:
See the comments above for details.

Outlook for next 7 days:
Bitterly cold temperatures are still the rule today...but finally a
warmup of sorts is expected by later in the week with the arrival
of near normal temperatures over at least some of the region. The
warmer air will actually be pushing into northern areas first...
then gradually push further east and south. Therefore...based on
this scenario...we anticipate that continued ice development will
slow down to the point that generally little change is expected
over the next week or so.

The next Ice Statement will be released on Tuesday..Feb 18 2014.




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