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Spring Flood Outlook Briefing - March 23, 2023

NWS Duluth presented the following briefing on the Spring Flood Outlook on Thursday March 23 at 3:00pm CDT. 

Spring Flood Outlook Update (March 23, 2023)

  • Spring Flooding potential across the Northland is above normal based on current observations and the current outlook for the spring

  • Precipitation and temperatures over the spring, including snow melt rate, may cause the risk to increase

Current Spring Flood Threat Checklist 

Threat Impact to Potential Spring Flooding Links
High River Levels Some Above Normal Streamflow (minimal rivers that are open and not affected by ice) USGS WaterWatch MN WI
High Soil Moisture

Above Normal

CPC Soil Moisture
Winter Precipitation

Above Normal

Climate Prediction Center

6 to 10 Day  8 - 14 Day
Current Snowpack/Liquid Equivalent

Extreme, Near Record High

Current Snow Water Equivalent Analysis

Snow Water Equivalent Ranking

Rate of Snowmelt To Be Determined 24, 48, & 72 hr Snowmelt
Frost Depth Little to None Frost Depth Map
Spring Precipitation Leaning slightly Above Normal for April

Point Forecast (Next 7 Days)

Precip Outlook (Upcoming Weeks)


For more details, please see the full briefing PDF:

Spring Flood Outlook Update (Mar 23, 2023)