Heavy weekend rains could push MN River over its banks

- A slow moving line of storms pushed through western and southern Minnesota over the weekend that dropped widespread amounts of 2 to 5 inches of rain on already fairly saturated soils.  Isolated amounts of 6+ inches were seen in Fairmont and in spots from Windom to Marshall.  Here are some of the rainfall totals with the map above consisting of radar rainfall estimates…

The rains came down so quickly that some roads were underwater and basements were flooding, but now comes the “slow motion train wreck” so to speak.  As this water moves from the roads and backyards, into the creeks and streams, and then into the rivers, these large waterways will be rising quickly over the next few days.  The Minnesota River and its tributaries in particular will be rising a lot because the majority of the heavy rains see Saturday night fell in it’s watershed.  Check out a map of the watershed of the Minnesota River below with some of the rainfall totals reported on top of it…