Our recent snow storm brought us some good news and bad news, according to the National Weather Service. At issue is what happens when our ever increasing snow pack turns to water.
Right now, the Weather Service is analyzing exactly how much water is in our snow piled up and down the valley.
It's already having an effect on the drought and flood forecasts. The most water content runs from south of Fargo up through Bemidji.
Mike Lukes, National Weather Service: "So that area got maybe one-point-five to two and a half inches of water in the snow. And the rest of the valley probably half inch to one-inch."
Lukes says the latest flood forecast won't be available until later next week. But he says it appears that just this latest snow storm, could move the valley flood forecast risk from low to moderate.
There's also good news in all this on the drought map. Lukes says southeastern North Dakota will likely be moved from severe…. to moderate drought conditions
Mike Lukes, National Weather Service: "We'll see how conditions play out. So, we're a little bit optimistic on the easing of the drought in our area."
However, we still have a lot of historical potential for much more snow this winter, along with rain this spring that can quickly change current flood and drought forecasts.
The National Weather Service is scheduled to release its latest flood forecast for the valley on Thursday, next week.