The combination of an unusually deep late-season snowpack and surging warmth this weekend will set into motion rising water on the Red River.
An end of cold, snowy pattern is coming quickly to the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest. However, the sudden shift to more seasonable temperatures will lead to problems.
Much of the existing snow cover will wither away this weekend into early next week. As this happens, water locked up in the snow (the equivalent of 2 to 6 inches and in some cases more) will be released.
A larger version of this snow water equivalent map is available at the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center.
Hope is for the meltdown to be gradual enough to limit the flooding to manageable levels.
If heavy rain avoids the area, then there is still a chance that flooding could stop short of record levels. However, even with…
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