Despite Deep Snow, Flood Forecast Stays Low

Created: 03/06/2014 11:01 PM
By: John Doetkott

While it certainly seems like there's more than enough snow on the ground to cause flooding problems this Spring, experts say the threat is actually fairly limited.

According to new predictions released Thursday by the National Weather Service, there is actually a less than five percent chance of minor flooding in southeastern Minnesota.

That's because experts say that while the snow is more than two feet deep in most places, it's only holding about six inches of water.

But with the frost as deep as it is, even that amount could cause issues under the right conditions.

“I think a lot of it's going to depend on the melt,” said Wayne Madson, emergency management director in Mower County. “If we have a long, drawn out melt, that'd probably be a lot better than a real quick melt."

Thankfully temperatures and precipitation should be less than normal for the rest of the March, which should help with flood chances. But officials are still asking people to keep an eye on the rivers.

They say the thick ice on the rivers could create ice dams and cause flooding that way. If you see a blockage forming on the river, you're asked to call local law enforcement.