River Ice Statement
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORTH CENTRAL RIVER FORECAST CENTER TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
248 PM CST WED MAR 25 2015

...MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND ILLINOIS RIVER ICE STATEMENT...

                ICE COVER CONDITIONS AS OF 03/25/15
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MISSISSIPPI RIVER

MORE ICE MELTED...BROKE UP..AND MOVED DOWNSTREAM IN THE PAST WEEK.

MEASUREMENTS YESTERDAY ON LAKE PEPIN SHOWED SIGNIFICANTLY LESS ICE
THAN THE WEEK BEFORE. ICE WAS 5 TO 12 INCHES THICK FROM RIVER MILE
768 TO 772. NO ICE WAS REPORTED ELSEWHERE BETWEEN RIVER MILE 765
AND 786.

FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MISSISSIPPI...ICE REPORTS WERE NOT AVAILABLE
TODAY DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES AT THE USACOE CORPSLOCK WEBSITE.
JUDGING BY LAKE PEPIN...THERE PROBABLY IS NOT MUCH ICE LEFT ON THE
REST OF THE MISSISSIPPI.

ILLINOIS RIVER SYSTEM (CHICAGO/ILLINOIS R)

NO ICE REPORTS WERE AVAILABLE TODAY ON THE MAINSTEM ILLINOIS RIVER.

THE TRIBUTARY RIVERS TO THE ILLINOIS WERE ICE FREE EXCEPT FOR A LITTLE
ICE ON THE ROCK RIVER NEAR ROSCOE IL.

DATA SOURCE: US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS LOCK STATUS REPORT AT
 HTTP://CORPSLOCKS.USACE.ARMY.MIL/LPWB/F?P=121:4:0:::::
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CURRENT CONDITIONS AS OF 03/25/15:
SEE THE COMMENTS ABOVE FOR DETAILS.

OUTLOOK FOR NEXT 7 DAYS:

AIR TEMPERATURES WILL BE A LITTLE BELOW NORMAL THIS WEEK...NEAR NORMAL
NEXT WEEK... AND THEN RETURNING TO BELOW NORMAL TOWARD THE END OF NEXT
WEEK.

IN THE NORTH...LOW TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE TEENS AND 20S TONIGHT
THRU FRIDAY NIGHT AND THEN IN THE 30S ON SATURDAY NIGHT THRU MONDAY
NIGHT. HIGHS IN THE NORTH SHOULD WARM INTO THE 50S ON SUNDAY THRU
TUESDAY.

IN THE SOUTH...LOWS WILL BE IN THE 20S AND 30S TONIGHT THRU SATURDAY
NIGHT. HIGHS WILL WARM BACK INTO THE 60S NEXT WEEK.

IN OUR REGION...LOW TEMPERATURES THIS MORNING WERE 31 DEGREES IN
ST CLOUD MN...31 IN THE TWIN CITIES...31 AT LA CROSSE...36 AT ROCK
ISLAND...39 DEGREES AT LD20...42 DEGREES AT PEORIA...35 DEGREES AT
CHICAGO...AND 44 DEGREES AT ST LOUIS.

BASED ON THESE FACTORS...ICE WILL CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE...BREAK UP...
AND MOVE DOWNSTREAM THROUGH NEXT WEEK. MELTING ON LAKE PEPIN WILL
LIKELY SLOW DOWN OVER THE NEXT FEW NIGHTS AS COLD HIGH PRESSURE MOVES
IN FOR A FEW DAYS.

THE NEXT ICE STATEMENT WILL BE RELEASED ON TUESDAY..MAR 31 2015.

...BSITES...

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