Cold temperatures have temporarily slowed overland runoff south of Fargo, resulting in a lower than expected peak flow. Although river levels have stabilized many factors remain present that could potentially cause additional rises of one half to one foot at Fargo. It is not unusual for stages to fluctuate in large floods of this magnitude. The risk of additional flooding in the area will remain very high for the next few days.
In addition, a potent storm system will affect the region early next week. This will produce significant snows over the southern Red River Valley, which will affect future river behavior. Strong easterly winds are forecast with this storms passage, which may create significant wave action on the Red River.
Residents of the Red River Valley, especially in the Fargo/Moorhead area need to pay close attention to local Emergency Management and Law Enforcement Officials, and heed their advice. Your NOAA's National Weather Service strongly recommends that any and all evacuation orders be heeded as soon as possible.