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Associated Press , Published April 04 2013

Favorable thaw expected to continue in eastern ND

FARGO — National Weather Service officials say the favorable spring thaw in eastern North Dakota should continue for the next week.

State and local officials are preparing for what's expected to be major flooding in some areas of the state, especially along the Red River and its tributaries.

The outlook released Thursday by the weather service calls for temperatures to remain about 10 to 15 degrees below normal.

Officials say the combination of daytime highs above freezing and nighttime lows below freezing will cause the snowpack to diminish slowly and not overwhelm the river channels with fast runoff.

However, the prolonged gentle melt does increase the risk for heavy spring rains.

The weather service says the Red River in Fargo is likely to peak after April 15.


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