Forum staff reports, Published March 27 2013
Weather service predicts cold temps next weekGRAND FORKS – While the Red River Valley will see higher temperatures and small pockets of snow melting this weekend, cold weather is set to return early next week – further delaying the start of spring flooding.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks predicts warm air will slowly push through the region for the rest of this week and this weekend with daytime highs well above freezing but night temperatures still below freezing.
A mixture of freezing rain and snow is expected Friday afternoon into early Saturday, with precipitation of perhaps a few tenths of an inch, according to the weather service.
As the snow continues to melt, some areas will become wet and muddy, but with the predicted temperatures, the melting will still freeze again overnight.
The weather service predicts a slight rise in the water levels of some smaller streams, “but larger- scale flows are not yet expected.”
In its most recent flood outlook, issued last week, the weather service predicted the Red River in Fargo has a 50 percent chance of topping 38.1 feet, which would be the fifth-worst flood on record in the city.