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Published March 24, 2011, 09:47 AM

Fargo-Moorhead has fourth-snowiest winter

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — This week's snowstorm has pushed the winter snowfall total in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., above the total in 2009, when the Red River reached a record crest in the metro area.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — This week's snowstorm has pushed the winter snowfall total in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., above the total in 2009, when the Red River reached a record crest in the metro area.

The Forum reports that this winter's snowfall totals 82.1 inches, the fourth-snowiest winter in Fargo-Moorhead. The record of 117 inches was set in 1996-97.

The National Weather Service plans to give updated flood predictions on Friday or Saturday. Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says he doesn't expect much change from the March 3 outlook, which said there is about a 35 percent chance the river this spring will surpass the record level of 2009.

Weather service data manager Mark Ewens says the rate of the spring snowmelt will be a big factor in the flood threat.

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