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Weather service: Spring thaw, runoff season officially underway

The warm, sunny and breezy weather the region has enjoyed in recent days is expected to continue for the next week or two, at least.

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Geese gather in a pool of snowmelt along Westview Lane East and Fourth Street in West Fargo on Thursday, March 17, 2022.
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FARGO — The spring thaw and runoff period in the Red River Valley has officially begun, according to the National Weather Service, which released information on Thursday, March 17, outlining how things are expected to go in the near term .

According to the Weather Service:

The warm, sunny and breezy weather the region has enjoyed in recent days is expected to continue for the next week or two, at least.

There is a chance that some streams and rivers in the far southern Red River Valley could start to flow freely early next week and if and when that occurs the weather service plans to start issuing deterministic river forecasts as the weather service begins to "warm up" its flood warning process.

Although much snow has disappeared from the landscape across the valley, a lot of snow still needs to melt, according to the weather service, which said pooling of water may start to appear in some areas, including ponding caused by plugged culverts.

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"Be watchful for such developing conditions through the weekend and into early next week," the weather service cautioned.

The weather service also urged residents of the Red River Valley to report thaw conditions by visiting this website.

According to the weather service, an updated thaw progress statement will be issued Monday, March 21, that will include the impacts of the current thaw situation on future flood potential.

Related Topics: RED RIVER VALLEY
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