How do recent snowstorms affect the risk of spring flooding in the Red River Valley?

Snowdrifts from the Thursday blizzard cover vehicles at JWD Auto along Main Avenue in Fargo on Friday, Feb. 8. David Samson / The Forum
Snowdrifts from the Thursday blizzard cover vehicles at JWD Auto along Main Avenue in Fargo on Friday, Feb. 8. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO — After a series of recent snowstorms in the Red River Valley, the National Weather Service offered a brief update Friday, Feb. 8, on the risk of spring flooding.

The risk of significant snow-melt flooding remains fairly low, and minor to low-end moderate flooding is the predominant risk, the weather service said in a statement.

The snowpack is slightly above normal after the recent storms, but the water content in the snow is about normal.

Any flood risk still depends on how much more snow accumulates in the remainder of winter, as well as melting rates and other factors like soil moisture and frost depth, the weather service said.

The National Weather Service plans to release an official flood outlook report on Thursday, Feb. 21.