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Warmer Temperatures Bring Melting, Spring Flooding Concerns

March 10, 2014, 5:26 PM by Scot Mundt

Warmer Temperatures Bring Melting, Spring Flooding Concerns
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Now that we've reached March, the possibility of spring flooding will be on people's minds.

With the melting of snow and ice over the past couple of days, you'll notice areas of standing water.  This is because the ground is slowly thawing and can't soak up any more moisture.  The spring melt and runoff are reminders of the possibility of spring flooding.

The latest spring flood outlook shows normal to below normal chances for minor and moderate flooding for all of the rivers and streams in the region.  So far, the chances for major flooding are below normal.  But heavy spring rains have been problematic in the past; those chances will have to be watched closely as the spring goes on.

Another thing to watch for is ice jams.  The cold winter allowed for thicker ice when compared to past winters.  As temperatures continue to warm allowing for runoff of melted snow and ice, the ice jam potential is probably a little higher this year.  The snow and rain will add moisture on Tuesday, then above average temperatures can be expected for Thursday and into the weekend to allow for a lot of melting.

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