National Weather Service
North Central River Forecast Center  Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
925 AM CDT Tue Mar 18 2014

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

                Ice cover conditions as of 03/18/14
Mississippi River
The upper portion of the Mississippi still has lots of ice down
to about Dam 12 (Bellevue Iowa) where 100 percent coverage of 
16 inch thick ice was reported this morning. There appears to be
only minor amounts of ice from about Dam 13 or 14 southward.

Illinois River System (Chicago/Illinois R)
At this time...only the far northern reach of The Illinois
Waterway has ice...central and southern sections are ice-free
for the most part.
Data source: US Army Corps of Engineers Lock Status Report at
Current conditions as of 03/18/14:
See the comments above for details. 

Outlook for next 7 days:
Temperatures are unsuccessfully trying to get up to normal.
Unfortunately...they will be forced back down again by another
round of cold air that is coming this weekend. Daytime highs 
will go above freezing for the most part across the region 
except for up north this Saturday and Sunday. Based on this...
we do not expect to see any significant new ice development.
But like what has been happening the last several days...there
may be a fair amount of ice movement and possible jamming again 
this week. Interested parties should keep a close watch in case
flooding results from this likely ice action.

The next Ice Statement will be released on Tuesday..Mar 25 2014.




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