Significant Rain Event May Dramatically Change Flood Forecast

A powerful, slow moving storm system will bring heavy rains to much of the Red River Valley region through Friday.  Rainfall amounts will average of 1 to 2 inches throughout the basin. Some isolated areas, predominantly south of Fargo, will receive as much as 3 inches.  Much of the rain will run off into the river systems.   On either side of the Valley, sandy soils will allow some of the rain to be absorbed, somewhat diminishing the impact to area rivers.

Should the rainfall amounts occur as currently forecast, the Red River in Wahpeton and Fargo will see significant rises in river levels.   Moderate flooding is likely, with the possibility of the river reaching major flood levels at some locations.

For updated flood threat information from the North Central River Forecast Center click here.

Below is a map of the total forecast rainfall for the period of Wednesday night March 28th through Friday night March 30th.  For specific forecasts along the Red River, click here to go to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) web page.

Forecast of rainfall from Wednesday night March 28th through Thursday March 29th.

Forecast of rainfall from Thursday night March 29th through Friday March 30th.

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