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Wintery Weather Stretching from the West Coast to the Great Lakes

Lake Effect Snow Warnings are in effect for the Great Lakes with 2 to 3 feet storm total snow possible. Arctic Air extends across much of the U.S. with breezy winds and temperatures 15-35 degrees below normal in the Northern Plains. Out west, heavy mountain snow and some low elevation snow and freezing rain forecast as a warmer weather system interacts with the Arctic airmass. Read More >

The Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC) provides forecasts for the lower sections of the Mississippi River. Forecasts on the Upper Mississippi River start at Chester, IL, and continue downstream to the confluence with the Ohio River. Forecasts on the Lower Ohio River start at Smithland Lock & Dam (Smithland, IL) and continue downstream to the confluence with the Upper Mississippi. Forecasts for the Lower Mississippi begin at the Ohio/Upper Mississippi confluence (just downstream of Cairo, IL) and continue downstream to New Orleans, LA. The Mississippi River is vital to commerce in the LMRFC area of forecast responsibility. Both high stages and low stages can cause significant impacts.

 

Observations & Forecasts for the Lower Mississippi/Ohio River Basin
 

Mobile-friendly Observations and Forecast Data

Lower Ohio / Lower Mississippi River 5-day Forecast Summary (RVAORN) - Updates Daily

Lower Ohio / Lower Mississippi River 28-day Forecast Summary (ESPORN) - Updates Daily

Experimental Lower Mississippi 28-day Forecast Plots - Updates Daily

Ohio River Daily Conditions - Updates Daily from US Army Corps of Engineers

 

Observations & Forecasts for the Entire Mississippi River Basin
 

Summary of forecasts for the Mississippi River Basin (Riverwatch)

 

Reservoir Releases
 

Observed Kentucky (KYDK2) & Barkley (BARK2) Reservoir Releases - US Army Corps of Engineers

Forecasted Kentucky (KYDK2) & Barkley (BARK2) Reservoir Releases - US Army Corps Engineers

Forecasted Kentucky (KDYK2) Reservoir Releases - Tennessee Valley Authority

Forecasted Barkley (BARK2) Reservoir Releases - US Army Corps of Engineers

 

More Information about Mississippi River Water Management
 

Mississippi River and Tributaries Project - US Army Corps of Engineers

Ohio River Locks & Dams - US Army Corps of Engineers

Old River Control Structure - US Army Corps of Engineers

Bonnet Carre Spillway - US Army Corps of Engineers

Morganza Spillway - US Army Corps of Engineers