The watershed above the Platte River contains abundant snow, so a normal to above normal runoff season is forecast — at least at this point.
Snowmelt into the Platte is crucial to Nebraska irrigation.
Runoff on the North Platte River was averaging about 135 percent, and about 145 percent on the South Platte as of Friday, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The spring-summer stream flow forecasts call for near-average or above-average runoff from the mountains that feed the Platte system.
That's in stark contrast to the backside of the Rockies, where lack of snow is contributing to the extraordinary drought in the southwest.
Sources: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Western Water Assessment/University of Colorado-Boulder, Western Regional Climate Center