Record Snowfall Could Bring Spring Flooding

By KBJR News 1

April 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- The surge of springtime winter storms has dumped 51 inches of the white stuff so far this month raising the question, will it flood when it all melts?

With the close to 22 inches of snow on the ground the National Weather Service says that snow is equal to about seven inches of water precipitation; a number that people shouldn't panic about, but should be aware of in the coming weeks.

"Essentially we have a lot of water sitting on the hillside, waiting to come off," said Steve Ghode, with the National Weather Service.

Springtime flooding could affect low lying areas in the region creating pools of water in yards and streets. Uncovering snow capped grates on the street can help curb the problem.

"You go out with a shovel or some type of snow removal device because once you get a path, a path will eat away at that," said Howard Johnson with the city of Duluth.

People should also avoid rushing rivers as the melting snow feeds waterways. Weather experts also say that above average rainfall while the snow melts will make flooding worse.