ANCHORAGE -

Forecasters say no major spring flooding is expected in Alaska's interior, unlike last year's destructive breakup.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miners reports there is little chance of flooding just about anywhere in the state.

National Weather Service hydrologist Scott Lindsay says all indications point to conditions being much easier this year.

Experts say warmer-than-normal temperatures and below normal-snowfall in western Alaska over much of the winter - along with slightly warmer temperatures in April in much of the interior - have produced ideal breakup conditions.

The ice in rivers is likely to turn mushy before it causes any significant problems, such as ice jams that cause water to back up behind them.

Ice jams can cause major flooding, such as occurred in the Yukon River community of Galena last year.