Flood warning in Dickinson area

IRON MOUNTAIN – A flood warning continues for the Brule River near Commonwealth, Wis., the Menominee River, and the Paint River in the Dickinson County area, National Weather Service officials announced.

Weather officials report minor flooding is occurring, and minor flooding is forecast in all three rivers. However, waters are receding in all three rivers, officials said, and warnings are expected to be lifted this weekend.

The flood stage for the Menominee is 13 feet. It was at 13.3 feet and expected to continue rising to 13.7 feet today before falling over the weekend. The Menominee River will fall below the flood stage by Sunday morning and continue to fall through the week.

In Niagara, the river is approaching the parking lot of the Union Protestant Church. Elsewhere, the Menominee River flooding is mainly confined to lowlands.

The Brule River near Commonwealth was at 12.9 feet this morning. The flood stage for this river is 12 feet. Floodwaters are approaching seasonal homes off Runbers Road in Florence County, but structures are not yet threatened.

The Brule is also expected to recede through the weekend.

The Paint River was at 7.5 feet Thursday, with flood stage at 7 feet in Crystal Falls. The waterfront park areas near the M-69 bridge and low lying areas along the river in Crystal Falls are currently affected.

The river will continue to fall to below flood stage by Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Temperatures will warm up over the weekend with the chance of rain diminishing. A high of 45 degrees is expected for Saturday and between 50 to 60 degrees on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a winter weather advisory for the Dickinson County area expired this morning.

National Weather Service officials in Marquette said a continuation of sleet and snow over the past 24 hours would taper off the rest of the day with continued off and on rain snow showers.

Schools in northwestern Wisconsin and Minneapolis were closed today after 16 inches of snow fell Thursday.

Locally there was a sheet of ice on vehicles and the roads were wet.

Weather officials said the rain-snow mixture will transition to rain overnight.