NWS Hastings monitors drought, assesses flood risk
HASTINGS, NE — The National Weather Service says central Nebraska remains in a significant drought despite higher than typical amounts of precipitation in January.
Most of Adams County and the counties to the north, east and west remain in the severe drought classification. Franklin, Webster and Nuckolls counties are only in the moderate drought classification, but parts of northern Hall County and Merrick County are listed in extreme drought.
No counties in the Hastings office coverage area had a change in classification over the last month.
The NWS also released its spring flood outlook. The report says flood risk is below normal for the area in part because soil moisture is much drier than normal. Still, officials are encouraging people with property near waterways to be alert for possible ice jams. River ice thickness and frost depth is slightly higher than normal. February is the most likely time for ice jams.