MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As the snow continues to pile up in the Twin Cities, forecasters are getting more worried about the potential for spring flooding.
“It’s not a question of whether we’re going to have flooding this year, but how bad it’s going to be,” said Tony Zaleski, meteorologist at the National Weather Service.
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Zaleski says flooding will be worse this spring because there is more snow on the ground and river levels are higher than they were this time last year.
As of Monday at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, 59.5 inches of snow had fallen so far this season. That’s 4.5 inches more than the average total snowfall for the entire winter.
Areas that had flooding last year should be on high alert.
“Anybody living along the Minnesota River is going to have trouble — parts of the Mississippi, places like Delano,” said Zaleski.
He urges anyone who may need flood insurance to get it now because it takes 30 days to take effect.