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Heavy snow pack raises concerns about flooding potential

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By Reed Anfinson

With another inch of snow Monday, the winter of 2022-2023 moved into fifth place for total snowfall for the Benson area based on records that go back to 1952.

The area has now seen 65.8 inches this winter season. That is still well behind the record of 78.5 inches from the winter of 2018-2019.

Another inch of snow and this winter will move into fourth place, passing the winter of 1966-1967, which saw 66.6 inches of snow. However, it will take another 6 inches to move into third place and beat the winter of 2010-2011, which saw 71.6 inches of snow.

More snow is in the forecast for Tuesday night, Wednesday, and Thursday. While Tuesday and Wednesday’s snowfalls are supposed to be light, just an inch or less, Thursday could bring 3 to 5 inches of snow as well as wind gusts of 30 mph or more. However, that snowfall could also range from 4 to 8 inches, according to the most recent National Weather Service forecast.

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