2nd Spring Flood Outlook
The chance of spring flooding in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa has increased slightly for the Mississippi River, but it's the same for its tributaries.
Today, the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities released its second flood outlook.
Two weeks ago, the first outlook showed the risk for the Mississippi was "near normal to below normal."
But now, Meteorologist John Haase, says the chance of flooding at Lock and Dam 15 is near to slightly above normal. That's because it snowed a lot in parts of Minnesota and western Wisconsin over the last two weeks.
Here in the Quad Cities, the chance of the Mississippi reaching flood stage is now 69%, or slightly higher than normal. And the chance it'll reach moderate or major flood stage is nearly normal.
Over the next two weeks, Haase doesn't expect much precipitation.
Meteorologists say two factors can quickly change the flood outlook -- how fast the snow melts and whether we get heavy spring rains.
The third spring flood outlook will be released in two weeks.