First snow, flooding next?


A payloader from John’s Ag Service in Humboldt clears snow outside Dairy Queen in Humboldt during last Saturday’s blizzard that hit the area. Over eight inches of snow and high winds pounded the county last weekend. Another five to six inches pelted the area on Wednesday, after rain fell in the early overnight hours. Humboldt Independent photo.

According to the National Weather Service, Humboldt received six inches of snow Wednesday, April 18. The weather station 3 miles northwest of Badger reported 7.9 inches.
Snow depth northeast of Humboldt Thursday morning was reported at 7 inches.
Since March 24, Humboldt has received more than 30 inches of snow.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the West Fork Des Moines River at Humboldt, or from Joe Reasoner Dam to the East Fork Des Moines River.
The flood watch remains in effect until further notice. At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, the stage was 9.1 feet, or 0.9 feet below flood stage. Flood stage is 10 feet.
No flooding is occurring at the present time, and minor flooding is forecast.
The forecast is for the West Fork to rise to flood stage by Sunday evening, April 22. The river is expected to continue rising to 11.3 feet, or 1.3 feet above flood stage, by Wednesday evening, April 25, due to snow melt.
Conditions can change based on precipitation events locally and along the path of the river.

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