Above normal rain and snow is causing flooding, high river levels and abnormally wet ground this fall. National Weather Service Deputy Chief for Weather Services in the central region Kelly Allen says a wetter than normal winter is expected, especially across the Dakotas. “That doesn’t guarantee we’ll have more snow or rain than normal, but the odds are definitely tilted in that direction. All of that additional moisture on top of what already exists won’t help us as we go into spring runoff.” The winter will be neutral. “That introduces more uncertainty into the forecast.” The National Weather Service also says there is a risk of widespread record flooding again next spring and/or delays for planting crops.
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