Flood outlook calls for 'very low' threat along Red River

FARGO, N.D. (AP) The National Weather Service says the threat of spring flooding along the Red River in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota is "very low."

The weather service issued its first flood outlook of the season Tuesday. The report says dry conditions have persisted in the Red River Basin since February and short-range climate forecasts call only for minor flooding. Soil moisture and snowpack are at near normal to below normal levels.

There's also good news for the Devils Lake Basin in northeastern North Dakota. The outlook says there's a 5 percent chance that Devils Lake will reach an elevation of 1,451.4 feet. The record crest was set in June 2011 at 1,454.3 feet.

The next update will be issued on Feb. 15.