The rainfall across much of the state yesterday isn’t expected to have too large an impact on the flood outlook. National Weather Service Hydrologist Craig Schmidt says that’s because the spring melt is going as planned.

“We had a long fairly dry period, so we didn’t add a lot of moisture, we didn’t add extra fuel to the snow pack, it melted off kind of nicely, then we got into those ideal 40s during the day, below freezing at night, so it all came off fairly nice.”

Schmidt says combine the ideal melt with a lighter snow pack and much of Minnesota should have a mild flood season compared to 2019.