National Weather Service expecting lower-than-normal flood risk

Hydrologist: Lower risk due to low snow fall totals

Major flooding problems are not expected this spring.

The National Weather Service in La Crosse says our area is looking at a below normal risk for flooding.

A hydrologist says a general lack of snowfall over the last several months is the reason.

“Last year we had qutie a bit of snowfall across the area and the water content of that snow was anywhere 3-4 inches of snow tied up in that snowfall. This year, although we’ve had some snow, it’s been very light and fluffy for the most part, so really the water content is ranging from 1/2 inch to an inch and a quarter, so we really don’t have a lot of water tied up in that snow that we do have out there,” said National Weather Service Hydrologist Mike Welveart.

The hydrologist says if the temperatures stay cold for several more weeks we could have an increased flood risk because of rain.