2020 Spring Flood Outlook Information
The flood risk for the main-stem of the Mississippi River is well above normal
According to the National Weather Service, the overall risk for flooding along the main-stem of the Mississippi is well above normal this year. Risk for flooding along the tributaries ranges from near normal to well above normal.
The flood risk for the main-stem of the Mississippi River is well above normal with its tributaries ranging from near normal to well above normal. Persistent wet conditions across much of the region, well above normal soil moisture conditions, and much above normal streamflow are all contributing factors to this years increased potential for spring flooding.
As of February 13th, the deepest snowpack is across northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin where snow depths of 18 inches to 2 feet are common. Further south, snow cover is about normal for this time of year. Water content in the snow over northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin is in the 3 to 6 inch range, while water content near Interstate 90 is around 1 inch. Conditions over the next 4 to 6 weeks will be key in determining how the flooding situation will evolve.
To check on flooding risk in your area: https://www.weather.gov/arx/2020FloodOutlook
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