Flood watches, warnings issued for the NorthlandMore heavy rain is wreaking havoc in parts of the Northland this morning, and yet another round is possible tonight into Monday morning.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
More heavy rain is wreaking havoc in parts of the Northland this morning, and yet another round is possible tonight into Monday morning.
Flood warning for Douglas, Bayfield and Ashland counties
The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a flood warning until 7:30 a.m. Monday for northern Douglas, central Bayfield and central Ashland counties. Some towns included in the warning are South Range, Poplar, Maple, Lake Nebagamon, Iron River, Ashland, Bayfield, Washburn, Mason and Odanah.
Just before 7:30 a.m. today, the Douglas County Highway Department reported that heavy rain overnight had sent water over many roads in the county, including Highway B; Highway P north of Highway 2; Highway FF east of Highway O; and Jackson Road south of Highway B. In addition, several creeks were reported out of their banks.
With more heavy rain possible later today and tonight, water levels may rise even further.
Flash flood watch for much of the Northland tonight
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of the Northland, including the Twin Ports, from this evening through Monday morning as another round of potentially heavy rain is forecast to move across the region.
Strong, possibly severe storms are forecast to develop later today as a cold front sweeps across the region. The storms may drop 1 to 2 inches of rain in a short time.
The watch is in effect for the following counties: central and southern St. Louis, Carlton, Douglas, Lake, Cook, southern Itasca, Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Washburn and Burnett.
Heavy rain fell on parts of the Northland late Saturday and continued early today. Flash flood warnings were issued earlier this morning for parts of Pine, Aitkin, Crow Wing and Cass counties as radar estimated rainfall of up to 4 inches in some spots. At 7:30 a.m. today, the National Weather Service reported a 24-hour rainfall total of 3.14 inches at Brainerd; 2.93 inches fell between 1 and 7 a.m. today.
Other 24-hour rain totals included 0.71 inches at the Duluth International Airport; 1.54 inches at Ashland; and 0.70 inches at Hibbing.
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District gauges showed rainfall from Saturday through 7:30 a.m. today of 1.21 inches at its plant near Lincoln Park; 1.55 inches at Wrenshall; 1.45 inches at Proctor; 0.79 inches at Hermantown; and 0.73 inches in Duluth's Endion neighborhood.
Much of the region saw rainfall of 2 to 4 inches from Wednesday into Thursday. Rainfall in Duluth now is more than 2 inches above normal for May, and more than 3 1/2 inches above normal for the year to date.
Severe weather possible later today
The storms forecast to bring more heavy rain to the region tonight may also bring some severe weather.
The Northland is under a slight risk of severe storms later today and overnight, with the greatest chance in areas south of the Twin Ports. The main risk from any severe storms that develop will be large hail and high winds.
Check back to duluthnewstribune.com for weather updates later today.