NWS Issues 2014 Winter/Spring Flood Potential Outlook Effective Through February 20
Updated: Tuesday, February 18 2014, 07:19 PM EST
Temperatures began to rise Tuesday afternoon, melting some of the snowfall from earlier in the week.
The National Weather Service (NWS) of Baltimore and Washington, DC has issued a 2014 Winter/Spring flood potential outlook, effective through February 20.
"During this time of year contributing factors to river flooding come from recent precipitation, soil moisture conditions, snow cover and snow water equivalent," NWS said.
Each winter and early spring the NWS issues a series of routine flood potential outlooks, estimating the potential for riving flooding across the Baltimore/Washington Hydrologic service area.
"Precipitation in the last seven days has been in all forms, liquid, freezing and frozen," NWS said. "Liquid equivalent amounts are over an inch area wide with as much as four inches across northern Maryland. During the last 30 days ending February 5th. Liquid equivalent precipitation amounts are four inches or greater almost everywhere east of the Blue Ridge. These amounts and even the lesser amounts farther north and west are generally above normal."
The NWS said the river flood potential is expected to be above average through February 20.