Wisconsin Weather News: Flood warnings up in a few counties
Two rivers in Wisconsin have flood warnings this afternoon - but only minor floods are expected in parts of Kenosha, Buffalo and Trempealeau counties.
The National Weather Service says a combination of melting snow and recent rains are blamed for flood warnings on the Fox River at New Munster, and the Trempealeau River at Dodge. The Fox was expected to go above its 10-foot flood stage this afternoon, before returning within its banks tomorrow. The Trempealeau River was also expected to spill above its banks this afternoon, dropping back below its flood stage on Wednesday.
Parts of Wisconsin have just finished their coldest March on record. In Forest County, Laona had an average temperature of just 16.4 degrees last month - almost 10 degrees below normal. Marshfield tied for its ninth-coldest March ever, and Appleton had its 10th-coldest. But Green Bay stayed a bit warmer - its average temperature of 26 was not even four-degrees below the norm. La Crosse just finished its coldest stretch in two years. That city had 19 straight days of below normal temperatures until Saturday, when its average reading was 32. Some parts of Wisconsin still have a large snow cover - but almost all of the snowmobile trails are now closed, after trail contracts with landowners expired yesterday. The DNR reported 19 snowmobile deaths statewide, the most since 2010. In Lincoln County, between Wausau and Rhinelander, the common citation for snowmobilers was failing to stop at stop-signs, followed by expired registrations and careless operations. Authorities reported a large increase in drunk snowmobiling, but that was because the season was much longer this winter than last.