NWS: North Dakota Spring Snowmelt Flood Risk ‘Very Low’

March 7, 2016

The National Weather Service says the risk of noticeable flooding across North Dakota continues to drop.

An updated report shows that the threat of significant and impactful snowmelt flooding is “very low” and any risk of high water would be the result of rainfall. Forecasters are calling for near-normal precipitation through May.

The report says the chance for moderate flooding along the Red River in Fargo is 13 percent. There is no remaining snowpack south of Oslo, Minnesota, which is 25 miles north of Grand Forks.

The outlook for the Missouri and James river basins says there is “little risk of widespread high water due to melting snow,” though spring rains could produce localized flooding.

Officials say Devils Lake is down a foot and half from this time last year.

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