National Weather Service: Risk for substantial spring flooding appears lowGrand Forks, ND - The National Weather Service says that, for right now, the risk of substantial spring flooding appears to be low in the Red River and Devils Lake basin.
By: Archie Ingersoll, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service
Grand Forks, ND - The National Weather Service says that, for right now, the risk of substantial spring flooding appears to be low in the Red River and Devils Lake basin.
“BUT … there’s a lot of winter yet to unfold!” the weather service said in a statement Friday, adding that an early thaw is unlikely.
Forecasters predict that there’s a moderate potential for a flood for most of the Red River and a minor to moderate potential for flooding of its tributaries.
Also, the water level at Devils Lake is expected to rise roughly 1 to 1½ feet.
The weather service gave three main reasons for their forecast:
• Soils and streams are a bit “wet” in the far southern basin. Otherwise, they are near normal.
• The water content of the region’s snow is generally running somewhat low.
• The rest of the winter is likely to be close to colder than normal.
The weather service’s next spring flood outlooks will be issued Feb. 20 and March 6.