The fourth storm system to hit southern Minnesota this week brought wind and heavy rains overnight. A tornado was also reported in Marshall. The Albert Lea and Austin areas were battered by high winds, while Mankato again saw heavy rainfall and flooding. Flash flood watches are in effect for southeast, south central, and west central Minnesota, and National Weather Service forecasters say that widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected again today (THU) and into tonight. There is a chance that some of these storms could be severe and pose a continued threat of flash flooding from streams and tributaries. By Friday, the flood threat will transition to the main stem rivers, and much of the Minnesota River could reach flood stage by the weekend.
Numerous roads around the area are closed this (THU) morning after the severe storms that have pounded southern Minnesota this week. Jerry Wendinger of New Ulm says that Highway 169 just south of Belle Plaine was flooded this morning. Highway 19 near Henderson is also closed due to flooding, and part of Highway 14 near Eagle Lake. Several smaller roads around the region are flooded as well. For updated travel information you can click HERE.