National Weather Service says no great concern in new Iowa flood outlook

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The National Weather Service is out with it's latest flood outlook for the state of Iowa.

"The snowpack is above normal across much of the state right now, but so far with this recent warmer weather we're having a nearly ideal snow melt. We'll just have to keep an eye on it, especially for future precipitation" says National Weather Service hydrologist Jeff Zogg.

He says more snow or frequent heavy rain could increase the risk for flooding.

Zogg also says they are keeping an eye on an increasing flood risk in Eastern Iowa.

"Right now the Mississippi River in Eastern Iowa below the Rock River which is roughly the Quad Cities. Also, the tributaries to the Mississippi." Zogg says.

He says one of the most pressing flood concerns right now comes from ice jams.

"Ice is relatively thick on the rivers with the cold weather we've been having. Once the rivers do rise and the ice breaks up, we'll have to be on the lookout for ice jams and localized flooding," Zogg says.

The National Weather Service will release another flood outlook for Iowa on March 11th.

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