National Weather Service in Grand Forks Release Spring Flood Outlook for Red River Valley

National Weather Service in Grand Forks Release Spring Flood Outlook for Red River Valley

January 31, 2022 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Grand Forks, ND — The National Weather Service in Grand Forks released their first 2022 spring flood outlook for the Red River Valley late last week. All signs are pointing to a high likelihood of minor to moderate flooding in most of the region. Amanda Lee, Hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, says a lot has changed since last winter.

While most of the points along the Red River are looking at minor to moderate flooding, areas along the Wild Rice River have a less than a 50% chance of minor flooding. Currently the snowfall and water equivalent are normal or above normal mid-winter amounts. Frost depths are also running near to somewhat deeper than long term averages. The biggest variable, according to Lee, is what type of precipitation we get over the next couple months and how quickly the spring thaw occurs.

In August, much of the region was facing severe or extreme drought conditions. However, Lee indicates that those drought conditions have essentially been erased by the fall and winter precipitation.

While 2019 and 2020 saw the Red River and Wild Rice hit major Flood levels in Halstad and Hendrum respectively, neither hit even minor flooding in 2021.

The National Weather Service will release updated Spring Flood Outlooks on February 10th, February 24th, and March 10th.