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ZCZC MSPRVIMSR CES TTAA00 KMSR DDHHMM National Weather Service North Central River Forecast Center Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 955 AM CDT Tue Apr 1 2014 ...Mississippi River and Illinois River Ice Statement... Ice cover conditions as of 04/01/14 ******************************************************************* Mississippi River Not much ice was reported other than what remains in Lake Pepin... and unfortunately..the ice there is still pretty thick...upwards of 30 inches as measured by the St Paul Corps last Wednesday. So upward bound barge traffic will likely be somewhat delayed this year. Illinois River System (Chicago/Illinois R) No ice reported. Water temperatures are warming up nicely. 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 04/01/14: See the comments above for details. Outlook for next 7 days: While some cold weather is still hanging around...especially in the north...the outlook is generally good as water temperatures are gradually warming and daytime air temperatures are expected to go above 32 degrees and higher for the foreseeable future. Therefore... it looks like the remaining ice should continue to break up and melt off over the next couple of weeks or so. This will be the last issuance of this product...the weekly Mississippi River and Illinois River Ice Statement...for the season ...unless dramatically different conditions develop. We will resume issuing Ice Statements once again next season around mid to late November depending on weather conditions at that time. ...dam... $$ NNNN

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