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NOAA Predicts Moderate Spring Flooding in New England After Snowy Winter

Heavy snow in parts of the northeast United States could lead to spring flooding, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Rivers in western New York and eastern New England are expected to exceed moderate flood levels this spring, if there is a quick warmup with heavy rainfall, NOAA said in its annual spring outlook.

No extreme flooding is expected in traditional spring flooding areas such as the northern Plains and Midwest, Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said in February as part of's spring forecast.

"The weather setup will give these areas a drier ground and a chance for early warmth, maybe even some early heat, going into May," Pastelok said.

NOAA echoed the lack of a spring flooding threat for the northern tier of the Plains and Upper Midwest.

There are concerns about flooding on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers after recent rains and snowmelt, and NOAA meteorologists said.

Drought conditions, however, will continue in California for the spring, and NOAA expect.

More precipitation may come to California late this month or early April, but it won't be enough to end the drought, which is now entering its fourth year.