Duluth-area forecast: More rain -- and possibly more againUPDATE:> “It’s not going to get any better any time soon,” Dean Melde, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Duluth, said shortly after 10 a.m.
And just what Public Works and law enforcement officials didn’t want to hear – the Twin Ports could see another 1 to 3 inches of rain today before the stalled front finally begins to move out of the region late this afternoon.
“It’s not going to get any better any time soon,” Dean Melde, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said shortly after 10 a.m. “In Duluth, we could easily see another 2 inches, and there’s a line of strong to severe storms forming to our west that could bring more.”
Melde said the recent downpour resulted from high levels of moisture in the atmosphere combined with strong lift from a low pressure system that has slowed the system to a crawl.
Although moisture levels are typically much drier during the winter, Melde said an inch of rain usually equates to between 10 and 12 inches of snow. So the current system could have dropped 60 and 70 inches of snow on Duluth.
Declan Cannon, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Duluth, said wave after wave of heavy rain continues to pass over the Twin Ports. Doppler radar indicates rainfall amounts between 6 and 8 inches across the area through 6 a.m.
“The hardest-hit appears to be along a line from the Brainerd Lakes area through Duluth to about Two Harbors,’’ Cannon said.
24-hour rainfall totals so far:
Munger Trail 7.3”
Lester Park 6.4
Source: WLSSD; National Weather Service