The National Weather Service in La Crosse says recent snowfall and rain have increased the chances for flooding, but the risk is still within the normal range.
The frost is still in place because of the cooler temperatures, in some areas between one and two feet deep. That means any snow melt is running off into the rivers and streams which has already caused them to rise. "We've seen rises anywhere from a foot or two up to four or five feet in some places, still within the bank flow, now seeing any flooding anywhere yet, but that's already happening with these warm temperatures that we've had," said NWS Meteorologist Mike Walvaert.
Snow melt north of us will affect how much the Mississippi rises, but we won't see the effects until mid-April at the earliest.