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Heavy snow melt causes flood warnings on Mississippi River

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PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI (WTAQ) - Some of the heavy snow that fell in northwest Wisconsin last week is now flowing down the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.

That generated flood warnings during the weekend on the Mississippi River at Wabasha, Minnesota across from Buffalo County, and McGregor, Iowa near Prairie du Chien.

The Mississippi is about 4 inches below its flood stage at Wabasha, and a foot below its banks at McGregor. Both spots are expected to go above their flood stages around mid-week, with minor floods predicted.

Mellen in Ashland County had the most snow in last week’s storm – just over 21 inches in three days.

Minor floods are also taking place on the Menominee River in Marinette County near McAllister. Forecasters expect the river to return below its banks by Tuesday afternoon.

In southern Wisconsin, flood warnings continue on the Rock River in Rock and Jefferson counties, and the Fox River in Kenosha County.

Most flooding is expected to disappear throughout the week, with mostly dry weather in the forecast. The next chance of rain is from Wednesday through Friday.

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