Runoff into the Missouri River basin to be below normal this year

NORMAN, O.K.(WNAX)- Despite an increase in mountain snowpack last month, runoff into the Missouri River basin will be well below normal again this year.

Kevin Low, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service Missouri River basin office, says the runoff potential is still very low.

Low says other rivers in the basin show mixed runoff potential.

Low says due to heavy snow and rain in northern South Dakota and much of North Dakota last month, the James River has gone over its banks in some spots.

Low says the mountain snowpack is expected to melt rapidly through early June.