National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Main Message:

The overall risk for flooding along the main-stem of the Mississippi is well above normal this year. Risk for flooding along the tributaries ranges from near normal to well above normal.  
The flood risk for the main-stem of the Mississippi River is well above normal with its tributaries ranging from near normal to well above normal.  Persistent wet conditions across much of the region, well above normal soil moisture conditions, and much above normal streamflow are all contributing factors to this years increased potential for spring flooding.
As of February 13th, the deepest snowpack is across northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin where snow depths of 18 inches to 2 feet are common. Further south, snow cover is about normal for this time of year. Water content in the snow over northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin is in the 3 to 6 inch range, while water content near Interstate 90 is around 1 inch. Conditions over the next 4 to 6 weeks will be key in determining how the flooding situation will evolve.

Spring Flood Outlook Release Dates:

  • February 27th
  • March 12th 

Here are some links to help you stay up to date on the latest information:

Preparedness Information:

  • Monitor weather and river forecasts closely, especially when warmer temperatures arrive. 
  • Consider flood insurance, especially if you are in a flood prone area. (may require 30 day notice)  
  • Prepare your home by making sure your sump pump is working  and consider a backup.  
  • If your personal property items can be moved and you are in a flood prone area, consider making plans now to move these in case flooding develops.  

Please see our latest video briefing on this years spring flooding potential: 


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