Most Nebraska ditches and gutters resemble small rivers lately as a few days of unseasonably warm weather are bringing a melting of the deep snow pack. Jeff Zogg, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service, says the sustained warmth is ideal in helping the region to stave off potential flooding this spring.
“These warm temperatures are definitely helping to minimize the threat of moderate to major flooding,” Zogg says. “By warming up early in the season, we’re helping to get that snow pack melted and diminished and try to lessen it before the really warm temperatures arrive later in the season.”
Even with this big melt-off, Zogg says there’s still a risk for spring flooding. Zogg says: “Even though we’re melting the snow now, there’s definitely potential to add to the snow pack because winter is not over yet.” He says any risk of flooding this spring would be minor flooding.
Temperatures are expected to fall this week with the likelihood of more snow by this weekend.