Missouri River Reservoirs Finally Empty Of 2018 Runoff

(WNAX) — The Corps of Engineers say they have moved all the excess water out of the Missouri River reservoirs to prepare for this year’s run off.  During the monthly update, Kevin Low with the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center, says mountain snowpack is on track…

“Snowpack conditions in the mountains can be generally described as about normal for this time of year. By this point, we’ve normally accumulated about 50%, a little more maybe of the seasonal peak snow water equivalent in the mountains and so we still have plenty of accumulating season left and much can change.”

Low says they have an early run off forecast….

“The February water supply forecast developed by the National Weather Service was issued earlier this week, by my office and it projects a slightly below average runoff volume for the 2018 (2019) season.”

Low says there will probably be some tributary flooding this spring….

“Areas likely to experience tributary flooding include eastern South Dakota, western Iowa, eastern Nebraska and eastern Kansas and across the state of Missouri. And wet soils have enhanced the chances for flooding in these areas for this spring.”

The first flood forecast of the season will be released later this month.