Flood warnings metro wide

The weather insanity continues this morning around Minnesota. Multiple flash flood warnings are in effect.

  • New daily rainfall record today with 3.77 inches so far at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

  • Previous record was 2.44 inches in 1954

  •  Rain eases through midday, more storms possible ate today and tonight

This time the Twin Cities metro gets in on the action, as 2 to 4 inches of rain has already fallen in parts of the metro.

Flooding impacting Minneapolis parkways

Significant flooding is currently impacting parkways across Minneapolis. As of 10 a.m., the highest impacted areas include:

Cedar Ave at Minnehaha Parkway is flooded and closed. Barricades will be up shortly

Minnehaha Parkway from Longfellow Ave to Bloomington Ave is flooded for vehicles. Barricades will be up shortly.

Minnehaha Parkway is impassable from Pleasant Ave S to Nicollet Ave S. Barricades will be up shortly.

Minnehaha Parkway from Bloomington Ave to 22nd Ave. The bike and walking paths are flooded.

Dean Parkway at West Lake Street is flooded. Barricades will be up shortly.

Please avoid these areas and use alternate routes. Additionally, walking and bike paths near these areas and around water bodies such as lakes, creeks and rivers may also be impacted by heavy rains. Please use caution.

The early morning deluge has pushed Lake Minnetonka to yet another all time record high water level today.

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Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

Here's the U.S. Geological Survey rain gauge at Hiawatha Avenue along Minnehaha Creek.

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USGS

The Twin Cities National Weather Service has expanded the Flood Warning for the bulk of the metro until 6:30 p.m. tonight.

845 AM CDT THU JUN 19 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR...

DAKOTA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

EASTERN SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

NORTHERN CARVER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

NORTHERN GOODHUE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA...

NORTHERN RICE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

PIERCE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...

POLK COUNTY IN NORTHWEST WISCONSIN...

RAMSEY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

SOUTHEASTERN ANOKA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

SOUTHEASTERN CHISAGO COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

ST. CROIX COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...

WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

* UNTIL 630 PM CDT THURSDAY

* AT 842 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON... WITH MOST LOCATIONS ALREADY HAVING RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL OVERNIGHT AND OVER THE PAST WEEK.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT COULD EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...AMERY...BALSAM LAKE...BLOOMINGTON...CENTER CITY...DOWNTOWN

MINNEAPOLIS...DOWNTOWN ST PAUL...ELLSWORTH...HUDSON...NEW RICHMOND...PLYMOUTH...RED WING...RIVER FALLS...SHAKOPEE...AFTON STATE PARK...BLAINE...CANNON FALLS...CHANHASSEN...AND EAGAN.

Here's the text for the initial flash flood warning this morning in the metro.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED FLASH FLOOD WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 706 AM CDT THU JUN 19 2014 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... SOUTH CENTRAL HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... * UNTIL 100 PM CDT * AT 702 AM CDT...

THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN OVER MINNEHAHA CREEK AND HAS CAUSED WATER LEVELS TO RISE QUICKLY. * RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...EDINA...MINNETONKA AND SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...

URBAN AREAS...HIGHWAYS...STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS. FLOOD WATERS ARE MOVING DOWN MINNEHAHA CREEK FROM LAKE MINNETONKA TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

Minnehaha Creek at Hiawatha Avenue is up nearly a foot this morning, according to the USGS gauge.

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USGS

Doppler radar storm total rainfall shows a swath of 2 to 4 inches near the metro, with heavier rainfall totals as much as 3 to 6 inches-plus in southwest Minnesota near Fairfax, Winthrop, Gaylord, Olivia, and Cottonwood.

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Doppler storm total rainfall shows 2" to 4" totals in parts of metro this morning. Weather Underground

All that rain has southbound lanes of Highway 169 under water near Belle Plaine. https://twitter.com/DDwx/statuses/479596894281560064 Urban flood advisories are posted metro-wide this morning.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 607 AM CDT THU JUN 19 2014 MNZ060>063-066>070-191300- ANOKA-CARVER-DAKOTA-HENNEPIN-MCLEOD-RAMSEY-SCOTT-SIBLEY-WASHINGTON- 607 AM CDT THU JUN 19 2014 ...URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING IS LIKELY IN THE AREA... AT 602 AM CDT...

HEAVY RAINFALL HAS CAUSED URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING. 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN THIS MORNING HAS CAUSED SOME PROBLEMS ON LOCAL ROADWAYS WITH PONDING OF WATER. THE WATER LEVELS SHOULD SUBSIDE THIS MORNING NOW THAT THE HEAVY RAIN HAS SUBSIDED.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM THIS STORM HAS CAUSED FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES.

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