WASHINGTON (March 21, 2013)--Much of the United States can expect a warm spring and persistent drought, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
Government forecasters said above-normal temperatures are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska.
The forecast offers little relief for the drought-stricken Midwest and Southwest.
Half of the country is still experiencing moderate to exceptional drought.
Late snowmelt will bring a threat of river flooding along the upper Mississippi.
North Dakota is at the most risk of flooding from the Red River.
A cooler spring is predicted for the Pacific Northwest and northern Great Plains, drier-than-normal conditions are on tap for the West and Gulf Coast, and Hawaii is expected to be cooler and drier than usual.
The spring outlook covers April, May and June.