Look out, Burnsville. Local creeks and river may swell due to heavy rains later this week.
The National Weather Service expects a storm system to stall out of the state late this week, potentially dumping more than two-inches of rain across the Twin Cities and parts west. As a result, the NWS has issued a flash flood watch for the Twin Cities, including Dakota County, and central Minnesota.
"Showers and thunderstorms will continue to expand today. Widespread rain is expected tonight with a swath of heavy rain across Minnesota. Looking ahead, a frontal boundary will stall out across the area, which will allow the active weather to continue across the region through the weekend."
The weather statement goes on to read:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR MUCH OF CENTRAL AND PARTS OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA, EFFECTIVE FROM 700 PM THIS EVENING UNTIL 100 PM THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
A COLD FRONT THAT WAS DRAPED OVER THE UPPER MIDWEST INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS...WILL SLOWLY MOVE EAST INTO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES AND CENTRAL PLAINS BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL REDEVELOP ALONG AND EAST OF THE FRONT... ESPECIALLY LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT. RAINFALL TOTALS TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON ARE LIKELY TO VARY FROM TWO TO THREE INCHES IN THE WATCH AREA WITH A FEW LOCATIONS EXCEEDING OVER THREE INCHES.
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