COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Get ready for a wet spring, with warmer-than-usual temperatures on average. In other words, more of the same, which is an extension of our unseasonably mild and damp winter that has been largely free of snow — 11.7 inches, well below the average of 27 inches for an entire season.
The 3-month outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service projects warmer and wetter than normal conditions across a broad swath of the Midwest southward to the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.
Saturated soils and frequent rainfalls place the Corn Belt and the Southeastern U.S. at a higher risk for spring flooding, particularly the Upper Midwest, though the expectation is that river basins will not be nearly as hard-hit compared to the spring of 2019.
The greatest threat of major flooding is in the upper and middle Mississippi and Missouri River basins. The lower Ohio Valley will be more susceptible to bouts of moderate flooding through May.
Drought conditions are expected to persist in California, the central and southern Rocky Mountains, and parts of the southern Plains, according to NOAA/NWS.
Warmer-than-normal temperatures are projected across a surprisingly large swath of the Lower 48 states and Alaska, with limited cold snaps.