For the first time in three years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is NOT predicting major flood potential across the U-S this spring. That includes Minnesota where NOAA water level gauges do not currently indicate any trouble spots. However, NOAA’s Mary Erikson says flood conditions can always change rapidly.

“Although the overall threat this spring does not include major flooding, moderate to minor flooding is likely in limited areas. Significant spring rainfall can cause localized flash floods at any time.”

Much of the western half of the country is expected to continue in drought conditions this spring, specifically in the southwest, while conditions in the upper Midwest are expected to hover between abnormally dry and moderate drought.