Area placed in flood watch through Friday

Published 7:57 am Wednesday, March 13, 2019

We’re getting the warm-up we’ve been hoping for, but along with that comes the potential for flooding.

Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service

According to the National Weather Service, Austin is now in a flood watch from Wednesday morning through Friday morning at 7 a.m.

Snow melt from rising temps that will reach into the 40s, along with predicted rainfall Wednesday and Thursday, will cause most streams and rivers to rise. How much remains uncertain at this point and a risk of ice jams could compound these threats.

Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service

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The watch itself extends across southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa along with portions of the southwest Wisconsin.

Some spots could see over an inch of rainfall by the time the system moves through. Thursday night there is even a chance of wintery mix.