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NWS: Probability of increased rain in coming months

The National Weather Service says there’s a likelihood of above normal precipitation in the Plains and Midwest in the coming months.

Senior hydrologist Mark Fuchs says the weather models are showing increased rain November to January – and even stretching into February from Eastern Montana and Northeast Wyoming but now includes not just South Dakota but most of Minnesota, all of Wisconsin, northern Illinois, all the way into the state of Ohio and lower Michigan.”

Most of that precipitation he says would likely be in the form of snow, “The LAST thing we really need in the upper Mississippi and upper Missouri basins given the fact that stream flows are already well above normal. Soil moisture content is WELL above normal throughout this area.”

Fuchs spoke at the Missouri River Basin Corps of Engineers management update Friday. Corps officials say they will be as aggressive as they can this fall pumping water out of the basins to prepare for next spring, in the event of more flooding in 2020.

Interview with Mark Fuchs

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