The National Weather Service's latest flood outlook says chances for major flooding continue to increase in the northern end of the Red River Valley. There is above normal snowpack and the snow-water equivalent is high. There is a major flood risk all along the Red River. Some of the tributaries into the Red River are also having increased risks of major, moderate, or minor flooding this spring. Devils Lake is expected to increase 2.5 feet this spring.
Meteorologist Greg Gust says the snowmelt is delayed by this cold weather. That increases the chance of a fast warmup sometime in April. Gust also says that in turn increases the chance of major overland flooding.
There is now a 48-percent chance of major flooding on the Park River at Grafton. There is a very good chance of major overland flooding along the Pembina River at Neche and Pembina. The Red River at Pembina has a good chance of reaching 52-feet this spring. Major flooding expected on the Red River at Drayton too. At Oslo and Grand Forks, the Red's expected to reach the "lower end" of major flooding.
The forecast for the next week is cold and dry.