The brutal winter with its subzero temperatures and persistent snowfall has given way to a tame spring, so far. The 50 times we went subzero has ensured a frozen ground and a constant blanket of snow. Eventually the snow will melt and the ground will thaw, and slow is much better than fast. So far a cool March has led to that easy transition from winter to spring. Below is a map of what we can expect as far as flooding here in the Upper Midwest. You will notice there are no areas with major flooding expected. However, upstream in Northwestern MN there is a chance of some moderate flooding.
A deep snowpack can hold as much water as a major snow or rain storm. All it takes to set that water loose is a warm spell or heavy spring rain. Below is the snowpack and water equivalent in the Upper Mid-West as of mid-March.
As you can see, we still have a lot of melting to go, so be careful what you wish for as far as summer like temperatures.
As far as adding new moisture, March is our second snowiest month. Also, unlike most of the other winter months, March also come with rain and one of our biggest temperature swings of the year.
As you can see, there is a lot to look out for over the next month.
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