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Helmut Schmidt, Published April 17 2012

Red River at Fargo expected to rise to minor flood level

FARGO – Thanks to recent rains, the Red River will rise to minor flood stage levels by Thursday and is expected to top out near 19 feet by Friday evening or Saturday morning, the National Weather Service announced today.

Meanwhile, a hazardous weather outlook has been issued for eastern North Dakota, and west-central and northwest Minnesota for later today and tonight.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop across the eastern part of North Dakota late this afternoon and spread east overnight. Some of the thunderstorms are expected to produce gusty winds and small hail.

As of 10:15 a.m. today, the Red River was at 15.2 feet at, the weather service reported.

Minor flood stage in Fargo is 18.0 feet.

The Red River will hit 15.9 feet Wednesday, 17.2 feet on Thursday, 18.7 feet on Friday, and 18.9 feet on Saturday, before falling to about 16.8 feet by next Tuesday, the weather service predicted.

Rains expected over the next couple of days are not expected to have a significant impact on the rise in river levels beyond what’s predicted, the NWS reports.

Today’s high is expected to be about 60 degrees, with a low overnight of 42 degrees, the NWS reports.

Wednesday will be cooler at 54 degrees with a 30 percent chance of rain and a low overnight of 34 degrees.

The sun is expected to return Thursday and Friday with highs in the low- to mid-50s, the NWS reports.

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Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583