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Rain, warmer air could cause flooding this week

A passerby crossing the intersection of Superior Street and Lake Avenue came prepared with an umbrella for windy rain. (2010 file / News Tribune)

Most of the Northland dodged the brunt of the latest winter storm to affect the region, but forecasters say rain and melting snow this week could cause problems with flooding.

In the Northland, Lake Nebagamon was the snow total winner with 7 inches. A station near Brule reported 6.5 inches, while Maple and Oulu picked up an even 6 inches.

In Duluth, stations ranged between 2 and 5 inches. The National Weather Service office near Duluth International Airport officially reported 4.5 inches of snow as of 1 p.m. Sunday.

While Monday will be mostly sunny in Duluth, rain, fog and snow flurries Tuesday through Friday could mean street flooding in spots, the Weather Service reported. Across the Northland, the ground is still frozen, which prevents the rain from soaking into the earth, leading to ponding of water in low-lying areas.

Temperatures will drop again by the weekend, which should slow down the melting and prevent more serious flooding, the Weather Service said.

Monday’s high in Duluth is expected to be about 27 degrees, jumping to 37 by Tuesday. Highs on Wednesday and Thursday are expected to reach the low 40s before falling back to about 30 for Friday and Saturday.

Officially, 86.6 inches of snow has fallen this season in Duluth. The normal high and low for this time of year are 32 degrees and 15 degrees, respectively.

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