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Published April 22, 2013, 05:45 PM

A bird's eye view of the Red River

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It is one thing to drive our back roads to see our fields packed with snow, and the rivers still full of ice. But tonight, another view of everything south of the Fargo-Moorhead area.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It is one thing to drive our back roads to see our fields packed with snow, and the rivers still full of ice. But tonight, another view of everything south of the Fargo-Moorhead area.

WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand went up in a helicopter for a bird's eye view of the southern valley.

Our landscape still today still has the look of winter. Fields of un-ending white. But from our perch on board the helicopter, a few surprises. First of all, the Red south of Fargo has not broken up, until you get about 20-minutes south of town. Between Wolverton and Breckenridge long stretches of a free flowing river. A sign of things to come this weekend, closer to home, as temps climb.

Daryl Richard/StormTRACKER Meteorologist: "This weekend you will more than likely see a very quick surge, especially when you get into the warmer air, especially Friday and Saturday, you will get a big surge of water into the river."

What is unclear, how much snow is on our fields. Shelter belts are still full. Coming off a drought, fields are soaking up some of the beneficial runoff. As we get close to Wahpeton Breckenridge today, noticeable sprawl of the river especially where the three meet and the Red forms. To the south of Wahp-Breck, still signs it will take a warm up to break up the ice. Heading back home, we swing by the Wild Rice River, there are spots of ice chunks floating, but the unpredictable Wild Rice still has a ways to go before it releases its winter storage.

Once we warm up,we can warm up the drainage ditches and deep snow, things that are blocking the flow from pushing into the river. So this is typical of floods you get this surge going on in.

Today is "Day 148" for "snow- cover" in Fargo-Moorhead, surpassing the winter and spring of 1997.

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