Spring Runoff Expected Next Week in Red River Basin

By Sarah Klein

The I-29 highway near Fargo, North Dakota is waterlogged in this April 10, 2011 file photo. (DALE BURGOS / TWITTER)

Forecasters south of the border have updated their spring flood outlook for the Red River Basin, which is now taking into account a trend of mild temperatures on the way next week.

The U.S. National Weather Service said Friday that snow-melt is expected to accelerate as the weather warms up to above seasonal, creating runoff in the coming days.

Red River Basin streams in southeast North Dakota and western Minnesota will see increasing flows from Sunday into Monday. By next week, local tributaries should begin seeing normal seasonal flow and hit minor flood stage. Rising rivers could lead to localized ice jam flooding at certain river locations which are prone to this problem.

Manitoba flood forecasters are expected to release an updated flood outlook of their own in about two weeks.