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Sherri Richards, Published March 07 2010

Light rain this week not expected to dramatically affect flood forecast

Light precipitation is expected this week as a storm system moves into the Central Plains and feeds moisture north into the area.

The amounts likely won’t affect river levels significantly, said Brad Hopkins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

“We’re only talking hundredths of an inch. We’re talking over a period of a couple days,” Hopkins said.

The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.

The seven-day outlook calls for light rain, as temperatures will be above freezing during the day, with mixed light rain and light snow at night. No heavy amounts of precipitation are expected.

On Saturday, Fargo received 0.03 inch of rain, he said. There were bands of precipitation by Fosston and Bemidji, Minn., and Lisbon, N.D.

Today’s forecast calls for patchy fog before noon, cloudy skies, with a high near 36. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 25.

Monday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 37. There is a 30 percent chance of rain or freezing rain Monday night, with less than one-tenth of an inch possible. The low will be around 28.

Tuesday calls for a

40 percent chance of precipitation, totaling between a tenth of an inch and a quarter-inch. The high will be near 36.

There is only a chance of precipitation Wednesday through Thursday.

“Hopefully the Magic 8 Ball holds up and we can keep the minimal precip,” Hopkins said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556