Nebraska, Iowa flood risk appears low as snow expected to melt gradually

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 3:27 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The risk of flooding generally remains low across most of Nebraska and Iowa because the snow across both states is expected to melt gradually in the coming days.

National Weather Service meteorologist Allan Curtis said this week’s forecast for temperatures somewhat above freezing during the days and below freezing at night with no significant new precipitation should allow the snow to melt gradually without causing too many problems.

But the amount of ice on some rivers remains a concern because chunks of ice can create flooding as it melts by creating ice jams that block the channel of the river. So officials will be watching how the ice melts closely.

Authorities have been keeping a close watch on the Platte River in recent days, on the lookout for ice jams as the temperatures warm following some heavier snows in the area.

The Nebraska State Patrol did a flyover from Fremont to Ashland on Feb. 17.

6 News contributed to this report.

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