RRV Flood Chances

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With more snow in the forecast many are wondering what this will mean when all the white stuff starts to melt. The National Weather Service on Friday offered a few thoughts on the potential for spring flooding – and the risk for significant problems is still fairly low.

According to the analysis the current snowpack is just slightly above normal and the water content is near normal. In fact the 36 inches of snow at the Grand Forks Airport to date is only three-and-a-half inches above the norm – and half of what was on the ground to date during 1996-97. The N-W-S office has recorded 47 inches.

Greg Gust of the N-W-S says base streamflow and soil moisture are also below normal across northern portions of the basin while near to slightly above in the south. The frost depth of 35 inches plus is also near normal

Gust says the remainder of the winter season and into spring will be define the flood picture. An updated report will be issued on the 21st.

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