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ZCZC MSPRVIMSR CES TTAA00 KMSR DDHHMM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH CENTRAL RIVER FORECAST CENTER TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 1134 AM CST TUE JAN 27 2015 ...MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND ILLINOIS RIVER ICE STATEMENT... ICE COVER CONDITIONS AS OF 01/27/15 ******************************************************************* MISSISSIPPI RIVER AIR TEMPERATURES CONTINUED TO BE 10 TO 20 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL IN THE PAST WEEK AND WE MELTED MORE ICE. ICE AND ICE JAMS WERE STILL COMMON IN MANY OF THE TRIBUTARIES TO THE MISS...ESPECIALLY IN WISCONSIN AND ILLINOIS. THE HEAVIER ICE WAS REPORTED FROM LOCK AND DAM 5A TO LD 25. ICE COVERAGE WAS GENERALLY 50 TO 100 PERCENT WITH ICE THICKNESSES RANGING FROM 1 TO 10 INCHES. A LITTLE LIGHTER ICE WAS REPORTED AT LD4 WITH ONLY 20 PERCENT COVERAGE...LD14 WITH ONLY 10 PERCENT COVERAGE...LD17 WITH 20 PERCENT COVERAGE..AND LD21 WITH 20 PERCENT COVERAGE. NO ICE WAS REPORTED AT ST ANTHONY FALLS MN...L2...LD3... LD5...LD15...LD26...OR LD27. WATER TEMPERATURES WERE 32 TO 35 DEGREES FROM MINNEAPOLIS TO LOCK AND DAM 22...38 DEGREES AT LD24 AND LD26 (MEL PRICE)...AND 32 DEGREES AT LD 25. ILLINOIS RIVER SYSTEM (CHICAGO/ILLINOIS R) ICE COVERAGE WAS 100 PERCENT AT THOMAS J OBRIEN LOCK WITH ICE 3 INCHES THICK. PEORIA LD REPORTED 10 PERCENT ICE COVERAGE WITH ICE 4 INCHES THICK. NO ICE WAS REPORTED AT LOCKPORT...BRANDON ROAD... DRESDEN ISLAND...MARSEILLES...STARVED ROCK...OR LAGRANGE. WATER TEMPERATURES WERE 32 TO 37 DEGREES EXCEPT FOR 47 DEGREES AT LOCKPORT LOCK. ICE COVERAGE ON RIVERS IN ILLINOIS RANGED FROM 0 TO 100 PERCENT AND WAS BREAKING UP IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS. THESE RIVERS INCLUDED... DU PAGE...FOX...IROQUOIS...KANKAKEE...AND THE ROCK. THE DATA SOURCE FOR THESE REPORTS WAS AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/LOT UNDER RIVERS AND LAKES. DATA SOURCE: US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS LOCK STATUS REPORT AT HTTP://CORPSLOCKS.USACE.ARMY.MIL/LPWB/F?P=121:4:0::::: ******************************************************************* CURRENT CONDITIONS AS OF 01/27/15: SEE THE COMMENTS ABOVE FOR DETAILS. OUTLOOK FOR NEXT 7 DAYS: ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES WILL RETURN TO NEAR NORMAL LATER THIS WEEK AND TO BELOW NORMAL NEXT WEEK AS SOME ARCTIC AIR RETURNS TO THE UPPER MIDWEST. IN GENERAL...WE SHOULD SEE HIGH AIR TEMPERATURES IN THE 30S AND 40S TODAY AND TOMORROW WITH LOWS IN THE 20S. TEMPERATURES WILL THEN BE COOLING DOWN THROUGH NEXT WEEK. LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE NORTH SHOULD BE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS FRIDAY THROUGH NEXT TUESDAY...WITH HIGHS WELL BELOW FREEZING. LOWS IN THE SOUTH WILL BE IN THE TEENS AND 20S FRIDAY THROUGH NEXT TUESDAY WITH HIGHS GENERALLY IN THE 30S. STREAMFLOWS ARE NEAR NORMAL TO MUCH ABOVE NORMAL DUE TO RAIN AND SNOWMELT IN DECEMBER AND MORE SNOWMELT IN THE PAST WEEK. ONLY LIGHT PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED OVER THE MIDWEST FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS. IN OUR REGION...LOW TEMPERATURES THIS MORNING WERE 31 DEGREES IN ST CLOUD MN...33 IN THE TWIN CITIES...30 AT LA CROSSE...31 DEGREES AT ROCK ISLAND...AND 32 DEGREES AT ST LOUIS. BASED ON THESE FACTORS...ICE SHOULD CONTINUE TO MELT FOR THE NEXT 2 DAYS AND THEN START RE-DEVELOPING LATER THIS WEEK THROUGH NEXT WEEK... ESPECIALLY NORTH OF ABOUT LOCK AND DAM 15 WHERE ICE GROWTH COULD BE RAPID. THE THREAT OF ICE JAMS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH NEXT WEEK. THE NEXT ICE STATEMENT WILL BE RELEASED ON TUESDAY..FEB 03 2015. ...BSITES... $$

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