Rain is expected to continue through the first half of this week, with 2-3 inches possible for much of the area by the end of the day Wednesday. Due to this amount of rainfall saturating the ground over the next couple of days, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Southern St. Louis County, Carlton County, Pine County, areas near Lake Superior along the North Shore in Minnesota and Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn counties in Wisconsin. This watch is in effect through Wednesday night.

A flood watch means that current and forecasted conditions suggest there is a potential of flooding. There is no immediate flooding threat, but you should monitor weather information for future alerts.

Persistent rainfall is expected to bring 2-3 inches to much of Eastern Minnesota, and 3-4 inches of rain to North Central Wisconsin over the next couple days, with localized flooding possible in some areas. Fallen leaves clogging drainage systems could exacerbate flooding issues on roadways and other areas.