The National Weather Service (NWS) is classifying winter snow and spring rain as being active, but reports that Missouri River flooding has been minor.
Below average snow in the northern Rockies is one reason, according to Kevin Low, service coordination hydrologist with the NWS Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
He is watching snowmelt that feeds into the North Platte River as the next threat.
“It does have an above average snowpack (in Colorado) and the snowpack has held on in the North Platte system a little longer than usual,” Low tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We are foreseeing some flooding, again, minor, that could result from it.”
Low says he expects the minor flooding to be upstream from the City of North Platte over the next week or two, but it will not impact the Missouri River.
The NWS Climate Prediction Center is giving the Missouri River Basin a better than normal chance for rain into August.
“I don’t see that it’s going to be widespread, significant flooding,” Low says. “We’re going to have flooding on this tributary or that tributary throughout this period, but I don’t see it all coming together to produce a massive flood on the Missouri River, itself.”