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Midwest at low risk of spring floods

ST. LOUIS — Despite the snow still covering the upper Midwest, the National Weather Service is optimistic that come spring, flooding will be minimal in the nation’s heartland.

That’s a bit of a surprise considering how snowy the winter has been. Parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa still have up to 3 feet of snow on the ground.

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The snowfall has been offset by unusually low river levels and drought, weather service hydrologist Mark Fuchs in suburban St. Louis said. He said that when the snow melts, much of it is expected to go into the parched ground.

Fuchs cautioned that a strong and extended rainstorm or two could wipe out all the hopeful predictions.

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