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WeatherTalk: No real spring flood concern, so far

The water equivalent of the snow pack is one to four inches, which is near average.

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FARGO - When the snow on the ground has become substantial by the middle of January, there is always concern about spring flooding in the Red River Valley. However, so far this winter, the snow looks worse than it is. The estimated snow water equivalent of the snow pack across eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota is mostly in the range of one to four inches, which is near average.

The winter has certainly been an active one, especially since Christmas, but the snow has mostly been cold weather snow, which tends to be light and airy and not so waterlogged. Given the active weather pattern, there is certainly a concern that a huge snowstorm or two during winter's second half could add significant water to the snow cover, and there is always the threat of heavy rain at the time of spring melting. However, the present snow pack is not a cause for great concern.

John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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