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Rain, melting snow makes flooding likely this week

WORTHINGTON — It’s safe that many are more than ready for winter’s farewell, but they’d best be ready to greet the type of conditions that come with more spring-like weather.

A flood watch for southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa was in effect for 7 a.m. today through 7 p.m. Thursday, as of Tuesday afternoon. The forecast for today and Thursday, if accurate, could led to some serious sogginess.

“The first threat is the rainfall wednesday into Thursday,” explained Lance VandenBoogart, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, S.D. That rainfall was predicted at about a half-inch on Tuesday.

“There is some chance, as the system is exiting and the bulk of the moisture has come through, there could be wind and some snow Thursday evening,” VandenBoogart added. “Temperatures will be fairly warm — on Wednesdays around the mid-40s, the soggy 40s.”

While highs are expected in the upper 30s on Thursday, VandenBoogbart said, colder air should move in that night. Lows will be in the lower 20s, leading to freezing moisture.

The National Weather Services advises city residents to dig out any storm drains in their area and make sure sump pumps are operational. A primary concern will be street flooding and the ponding of water on roads.

“With all the snow the water isn’t going to have many places to go, and the ground is still frozen underneath the snow,” VandenBoogart said.