Below average precipitation to continue through the winter

OMAHA, N.E.(WNAX)- Outlooks indicate continued dry conditions across the upper Missouri River basin.

During the monthly Corps of Engineers call about river conditions, Doug Kluck, climate services director for the Central Region of the National Weather Service, says the outlook for February is more of the same.

Kluck says the ninety day outlook indicates a slight chance of more precipitation in parts of the basin.

Kluck says it appears drought conditions will expand over parts of the basin.

With ongoing dry conditions, the flood risk across the Missouri River basin is very low right now.

Kevin Low, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Kansas City, says there could still be some areas of high water this spring.

Low says some rivers are predicted to go over flood stage this spring.

Low says the overall flood outlook will come out this week.

Low took part in the monthly call with the Omaha office of the Corps of Engineers.

The Corps is predicting another year of much below normal runoff into the mainstem reservoirs.