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Risk of spring flooding in Wisconsin about normal

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LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - The National Weather Service says the risk of spring flooding is about normal, after a snowy February.

Earlier forecasts called for a below-normal risk of floods. But that was before heavy snowstorms hit parts of Wisconsin in each of the last three weeks.

The Mississippi River basin now expects normal flooding. And the Weather Service office in Minneapolis said parts of west central Wisconsin could get flooding due to what’s called “concrete frost.”

That happens when ice in the soil is not able to thaw, and melted snow and spring rains rapidly run off and cause high water.

The flooding is possible despite drought conditions in most of the Badger State. The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that almost 89 percent of the state’s land area is abnormally dry or worse – pretty much what it’s been all winter.

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