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Forum staff reports, Published April 04 2014

Red River basin flood outlook remains mild

FARGO – A warm-up next week is expected to unleash the spring thaw in the southern Red River Valley, with mild to moderate flooding still expected, according to an outlook issued Friday by the National Weather Service.

As of Friday, the southern third of the Red River basin into Fargo-Moorhead had little snowpack and very little available residual moisture available for runoff into streams and rivers.

The middle third of the basin into Grand Forks-East Grand Forks still is expected to see minor to moderate flooding, even after recent moisture.

In the northern basin, snowpack is running slightly above long-term normal. Moderate flooding on the Red River and tributaries in the northern valley now appears more likely, according to the weather service.

Flood crest forecasts will be issued when the thaw begins in earnest, and it is possible to make river forecasts. That could happen next week, the weather service advised.