The experts say Nebraskans living along the Platte and Missouri river basins likely will -not- have flooding to contend with this spring.
While parts of the Northern Plains haven’t seen much snow so far this winter, other areas have had significant amounts.
Kelsey Jensco, the Montana state climatologist, says snowpack in the upper Missouri River basin is below normal.
“In terms of mountain snowpack, western and central Montana and portions of Wyoming, they’re currently at about 75 to 85% of average,” Jensco says, “so a bit low here.”
Jensco says there isn’t any worry about spring flooding, at least right now.
“Snowpack contributions to the Missouri and Platte River and potential flooding, they’re not a tremendous concern at this point, based on our current conditions,” Jensco says. “It’s really dependent on what happens in the upcoming months in terms of future snow accumulation in the mountains as well as melt timing.”
Jensco says some of the Plains states have heavy snow on the ground, which could impact waterways this spring.
“North Dakota and portions of South Dakota really stand out,” he says. “Across these locations, snow that’s ranged between 2 to 16 inches above normal, so, lots of snow in the Dakotas and that tracks back to issues associated with train transportation and clearing the snow off the tracks in these states.”
Jensco says some of the higher elevations in Colorado and southern Wyoming have up to 200-percent of normal snowpack and they’ll be closely watched.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton