Red River at Fargo appears to be cresting in minor flood stage
Areas farther north can expect the Red to crest toward the end of the week, the National Weather Service said.
FARGO—The Red River at Fargo is likely cresting or will crest in the next day, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks said in a statement early Sunday, March 27.
The Red River at Fargo hit the minor flood level of 23.48 feet at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and has been holding steady or falling slightly since then. Minor flood stage in Fargo begins at 18 feet and moderate flood stage begins at 25 feet.
Areas near the southern Red River Valley have likely already reached their crest, the weather service continued, with little overland flooding and little to no snowpack remaining.
Southern tributaries to the Red are currently on their way down with only minor flooding occurring near Dilworth and Hallock in northwestern Minnesota.
River levels are still rising in the northern Red River Valley and those areas will likely see a crest toward the end of this week. The weather service noted that overland flooding and a remaining snowpack are still a factor in those areas, especially in far northwestern Minnesota.
The weather service said there is potential for a weather system to have an impact on river levels toward the middle of the week. Several scenarios could play out, including a stronger system with colder air and accumulating snow; a weaker, warmer system with a mix of rain and snow; or any combination of both.
Any accumulated snowfall will not likely have an impact on flooding, the weather service said, but rainfall on saturated, frozen ground may prolong high river levels.