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Risk of major Red River flooding low in initial outlook

GRAND FORKS -- The risk of major flooding is low this spring in the Red River Valley, according to the initial spring flood outlook released Friday by the National Weather Service.

“But, there’s a lot of winter yet to unfold,” the report said.

It’s also unlikely the valley will see an early thaw.

The weather service said the current weather pattern -- below-normal temperatures and near-normal precipitation -- likely will continue through February, March and into April. That should result in near to above-normal snowfall, since colder air has less moisture and produces somewhat fluffier snow.

The next spring flood outlooks will be issued Feb. 20 and March 6.

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