What Lies Ahead for Spring Flooding Season?

Updated: 02/14/2013 11:28 AM KSTP.com By: Kate Renner

You can never predict how Mother Nature is going to act out; too little precipitation and we could see large wildfires, too much precipitation and forecasters can almost guarantee flooding.

That's the case up in the Red River Valley after two big snow storms hit over the past three weeks.

"A lot of water content in that snow. As much as two inches of water in that snow in some places. So the flood threat is pretty high up there. In fact I think it's same to say, they can expect moderate flooding, and perhaps even major flooding," said Dan Luna, Chief Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Channhassen.

Luna is most concerned about flooding in Northwest and West Central Minnesota after they've gotten upwards of 20 inches of snow this month, and could see flooding as early as the end of March.

Towns in Southeast Minnesota  along the Minnesota River Valley can rest a little easier. Luna says that area has had very little snow this year and is more likely to experience a drought than flooding.

"Some parts of the Minnesota Valley have brown ground, there's no snow on the ground. So the flood threat in the Minnesota Valley is much smaller in fact it's very unlikely that it will flood," said Luna.

All of Luna's predictions could change if we get an extremely wet spring. If the ground is still frozen we could see flooding and then immediately go back to a drought stage.