Significant Rain Event May Change Flood Forecast

A powerful, slow moving storm system will bring heavy rains to much of the Red RiverValley region tonight into Saturday.   Total rainfall amounts will average 0.75 inches near the Canadian border, to 1.5 inches in the southern Red RiverValley.  Some isolated areas, predominantly south of Fargo, will receive as much as 2 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 fairly significant rises in river levels, and moderate flooding is possible.

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

Below are maps of actual rainfall for the period of 7am Wednesday until 7 am Thursday, as well as forecast precipitation through Saturday. For specific forecasts along the Red River, click here to go to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) web page.

24 hour rainfall
Graphic of 24hr total precipitation from Wednesday March 28th to Thursday March 29th.
Graphic of forecast precipitation from Thursday night March 29th through Friday March 30th.
Graphic of forecast precipitation from Friday night March 30th through Saturday morning March 31st.

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