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Published April 17, 2013, 04:00 PM

Weather service predicts Red River in Fargo to crest at 39 to 41 feet

FARGO – Forecasters are advising flood fighters to prepare for a Red River crest here between 39 and 41 feet, with a predicted midrange crest of 40.3 feet.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, WDAY Staff Reports, Forum News Service, WDAY Staff

FARGO – Forecasters are advising flood fighters to prepare for a Red River crest here between 39 and 41 feet, with a predicted midrange crest of 40.3 feet.

The minimum-maximum crest range could fall within 38 to 42 feet.

"We encourage people to prepare for a flood of record," said Greg Gust, National Weather Service meteorologist.

The National Weather Service forecast is based on predictions for temperatures and precipitation over the next two weeks.

A storm system could hit the area Thursday, delivering up to a half inch of moisture. That possibility is factored into the new flood forecast.

Before the Sunday-Monday storm dropped wet snow over the valley, the forecast called for a 50-percent chance of a flood surpassing 38.1 feet, with a 10 percent chance of cresting at about 40 feet.

The record 2009 flood crested at 40.84 feet.

The projected numbers are as follows:

95% chance of a 39.3 foot crest

90% chance of a 39.4 foot crest

75% chance of a 39.8 foot crest

50% chance of a 40.3 foot crest

25% chance of a 41.3 foot crest

10% chance of a 42.1 foot crest

5% chance of a 42.4 foot crest

Minor flood stage in Fargo is 18 feet; major flood stage is 30 feet. Stay tuned to WDAY News at 5, 6 and 10 for further information.

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