NWS: Flood chances increasing across eastern South Dakota, west central Minnesota

March 24, 2023

Mike Tanner

ABERDEEN, S.D.–The National Weather Service says with a significant snow pack still in place across much of the region, the chances for river flooding have increased across eastern South Dakota and west central Minnesota.

A new spring flood forecast was released Thursday that shows minor to major flooding can be expected along the JamesRiver, moderate flooding along the Big Sioux River, and minor flooding can be expected along the Elm River, Turtle Creek, Snake Creek, and the Little Minnesota River.

The flood threat through this spring, both in location and severity, will still depend on rate of snow melt, and any future rain or snowfall.

The outlook for the next two weeks is for increased chances for below normal temperatures and near to above normal precipitation.

The 90 day outlook for April through June shows below normal temperatures, and equal chances for below, near, or above normal precipitation.