December Rains May Impact Spring Thaw

Updated: 02/13/2013 7:10 PM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno

Warmer temperatures and rainfall last December could have an impact on farms and flooding this spring.

When temperatures dropped and snow fell in December, the water froze creating a layer that could prevent the spring snow thaw and rains from soaking into the soil.

James Fallon is a Hydrologist with the United States Geologic Survey, he says that water had nowhere to go, "A lot of those rain events, if they hit in a field they pretty much stayed in that field."

Fallon says the state needs a slow steady thaw followed by several days of gentle soaking rains.