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Rain causes problems ahead of winter storm

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC/AP) -- More than an inch of rain has fallen in parts of the area. While it's much needed rainfall, the rain combined with the melting snow is making for a slushy mess. This comes before all of this rain changes over to snow, and that looks to make travel difficult tomorrow evening through Monday morning.

As of 6:30 p.m. Austin has seen 1.6" of rain, Albert Lea .91", Rochester .79", Dodge Center 1.4", Faribault 1.78", Mason City .58" and Preston has got .34".

With the combination of rain and melting snow several residents across southeast Minnesota are reporting flooding in their basements. Businesses like America's Best in Rochester were working non-stop from daybreak and are still out working to dry out basements. They are reporting in at least 25 calls for flooding issues, significantly above the daily average. America's Best owner Michael Thompson says there are things homeowners can do to prevent flooding issues in the future.

He says, "Just make sure that they clear away from their house, a couple feet, clear the snow away. If it's piled up, when it melts, it just goes right down into the foundation and that'll just penetrate right through the brick and the block. The moisture can run away from the house instead of down into the house."

Further west, Highway closures because of mudslides and flooding are making for a difficult commute. Highway 169 from St. Peter to Mankato has the southbound lanes closed. MnDOT also reports flooding on Highway 66 between Mankato and Good Thunder.

Scattered rain is expected on-and-off throughout the night before changing over to snow on Sunday afternoon. In the second part of a one-two punch, plowable snow is possible in parts of the area. The highest totals will likely be found near the Mississippi River. The snow will continue through the night Sunday into Monday making for a difficult commute to start off the week.


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