Warm temps keep expected snow in liquid state

Staff photos by Gage Cureton A City of New Ulm front-end loader works to remove snow and ice from a clogged run-off drain at the intersection of North Broadway and 7th North Street Saturday. With temperatures above freezing on Saturday, the expected snowfall turned to rain which built up around the clogged run-off drains and partially flooded streets in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — A chilly rain fell most of Saturday as street crews worked to unclog storm drains on North and South Broadway.

The winter storm that loomed on Minnesota made a late appearance disguised as a spring-season rainfall which turned into wet snow in the afternoon.

Portions of Broadway were partially flooded with the intersections at Seventh North Street and North Broadway and Second North Street and North Broadway receiving special attention from city street crews.

On Saturday, at the scene of the flooding, city street crews told The Journal that the storm drains were clogged with ice and slush caused by rainfall. City crews used a front-end loader to clear the storm drains — some of which were submerged under a foot of water.

The rain continued throughout the morning and into the afternoon, turning into sleet early afternoon, then a heavy wet snow around 2:30 p.m.

The city announced Friday it would be focusing its attention early this coming week on keeping the catch basins clear to allow the rain and snow melt to drain off.

Early forecasts in the week predicted an accumulation of 8 to 11 inches of snow Saturday afternoon and early Sunday.

However, forecasts for Saturday evening and Sunday predict an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches overnight with occasion wind gusts of 40 m.p.h.

Saturday’s heavy wet snow may be cause for concern regarding the rooftops of homes already bearing the blunt force of February’s snowfall.