Threat of significant spring flooding caused by snowmelt increases in Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)- Near record-breaking snowfalls in Minnesota and North Dakota have left behind a hefty amount of snow. That has a lot of you wondering if we'll have a wet spring with some major flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, the threat of significant flooding caused by snowmelt has increased across the Red River Valley. There’s a high risk of moderate flooding here in the F-M area and in the northern valley, like Grand Forks.

In areas like Oslo and Pembina, they're facing a high risk or a 65% chance of major flooding. There's a medium risk of significant flooding in the F-M area and in Grand Forks on the Red River and in Abercrombie on the Wild Rice River.

For other parts of the valley they're facing a pretty low risk, that's less than 35%. In other cities around North Dakota on the Sheyenne River, there's also a low risk for any flooding.

Meanwhile over in Minnesota, places like Hawley and Dilworth on the Buffalo River could also be facing a medium risk of moderate flooding.
These are just the preliminary numbers right now. The National Weather Service will be sending out an update on the flood outlook for this spring March 7th.

Some other factors that have yet to be determined could be more snow along with the rate and timing of the snow thawing out and melting.