Temperatures trended cooler today compared to the midweek and it looks like this downward trend continues into this weekend as northerly winds pick up! We’re in for a dry stretch of weather as well which is good news for our rivers but may lead to an increase in fire danger for the area this weekend.
Several waves of energy miss south of southern Minnesota tonight and again for Friday keeping most of the area dry now through the weekend. Temperatures hold in the upper 40s for Friday, but strong, northerly winds will usher in a cooler air mass for this weekend with high temperatures stuck in the upper 30s for Saturday and the mid 40s for Sunday. Since we have not seen much for rain as of late and most of our snow has melted, we could see an uptick in fire weather conditions for this weekend. Saturday looks to be the biggest concern with regards to elevated fire levels as relative humidity levels remain low along northerly winds gusting over 30 mph.
Temperatures slowly rebound for next week along with a better chance for rain for the region. While it’s too early to determine whether rain will have any impacts on river levels next week, the Mississippi River will continue to rise through this weekend and into next week. If we don’t see much for rain, the Mississippi River may begin to crest by the middle of next week with flood levels expected to rise well into Moderate Flood Stage south of Red Wing to La Crosse. Some locations such as Red Wing, Wabasha and Winona may approach Major Flood Stage by early next week, but these locations are expected to remain well short of any records.
Here’s a look at river levels and projected river levels on the Mississippi from the National Weather Service Thursday afternoon.