below-normal temperatures and a continued slow snowmelt. Temperatures are
ten to 15-degrees below normal for this time of year. Next week temperatures
will be above freezing and lows below 32-degrees. That's good but the weather
service also warns the prolonged melt icnreases chances of a heavy spring rain
on top of frozen ground and that means runoff.
The snowpack is softening and water will begin to trickle into ditches
and small streams.
More snowpack will diminish more quickly in east-central North Dakota.
The snowpack will persist in the southern-most and northern-most portions of the
Red River Basin.
The National Weather Service expects this weekend's precipitation to
contain one-fourth to one-half of an inch of equivalent water. There could be a
slow, cool rain to help thaw the soil and minimize runoff.
The temperatures are expected to warm slowly in the next two weeks.
The overall trend of below-normal temperatures will extend into mid-April. Then,
the National Weather Service expects a change, possibly an increased risk of
The National Weather Service will issue further updates when necessary.