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Latest Snowfall Does Not Change Spring Flooding Outlook

Posted: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 6:28 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel

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The recent snowfall events southeast Iowa has seen has not changed the National Weather Service’s spring flooding outlook of the year.  The second outlook was issued recently and the chance of spring flooding is still down for this year.  As previously reported on KCII, State Climatologist Harry Hillkaer says based on current soil moisture, current river levels and lack of snow pack, the odds are still well below normal that flooding will occur across southeast Iowa.

He says the main reason for this outlook is because of the hot summer last year and a very dry early to mid-fall.  Hillaker adds if we should receive a large amount of snow, it won’t have a major effect on the flooding because of the low water content that would be in that storm system.

The National Weather service will not be issuing another flood outlook unless there are changes in the weather conditions.  KCII will monitor any flooding forecasts and will bring you the information to keep you safe during any flooding outbreaks.