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Snow Could Spell Double Trouble for Spring Flooding

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  Our latest snow storm could spell double trouble for the risk of spring flooding.

  The National Weather Service now says, it not only means more water for our rivers to deal with in the valley. It also means colder temperatures through the rest of the month that can also lead to flooding problems.

Mike Lukes, National Weather Service: "This will probably bump up our risk of flooding in the valley."

  And while the northern valley received the brunt of this last snow storm that can also quickly mean problems for the southern valley. There will now be more water to move out of the Grand Forks area, before it can all get by Fargo.

Mike Lukes: "This will be melted and then dumped into a rain gauge."

  Today, the National Weather Service and it's helpers across the valley are taking snow core samples.

Mike Lukes: "We pass those numbers on to the River Forecast Center in Chanhassen, just outside of Minneapolis."

   All those numbers from across the valley will be entered into a computer model that takes into account thousands of other statistics and variables.     It will spit out the latest spring flood forecast on Thursday.

  Meanwhile, all this snow is causing another potential problem throughout the month of March.

Dave Kellenbenz, National Weather Service: "As we look into next week and the week after, the climate signals look very cold. Temperatures well below normal…. any precipitation would probably be snow."

  And Kellenbenz says that all adds up to the potential  for a very fast melt next month as the odds of getting a very warm day increase.

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