Flood Potential Outlook
Issued by NWS Grand Forks, ND
FGUS73 KFGF 241949
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
249 PM CDT Fri Mar 24 2017
...MUCH WARMER TEMPERATURES TO INCREASE FLOODING POTENTIAL AROUND
THE DEVILS LAKE BASIN AND NORTHERN VALLEY...
With high temperatures ramping back up to near the 50 degree mark,
and low temperatures staying near to about the thaw point most of
this weekend and into the upcoming week, the expectation is that
water/ice on fields, in ditches, and in the remaining snow pack will
be melting and beginning to move. The movement is anticipated to be
earlier on the southern edge of the snow field, and progressing
steadily northward into the deeper snow pack.
There could be areas of overland flow and/or ditch flooding which
starts to pop up over the weekend, with some roadways impacted. More
significant small stream and riverine flooding will likely start to
develop through the coming week.
In Walsh County, a flood watch has been posted for the Park River
for Moderate to Major flooding, and will likely move to a flood
warning in the next couple of days once there is evidence of
For Eddy and Benson Counties, the upper Sheyenne and upper James
rivers should start opening up at some point next week, with some
local runoff or ponding issues possible even this weekend.
In Pembina County, local melt and runoff should develop over the
coming week, with river flows picking up later in the week. There is
no crest timing for either Walhalla or Neche at this point, but
should start seeing some indications of timing early next week as
the thaw progresses.
For Ramsey, Towner and Cavalier Counties, local melt and runoff
should also develop over the coming week, with some overland flow
and local streamflow issues developing later in the week.
In Kittson County, continued inflow into Lake Bronson is resulting
in releases from Lake Bronson Dam keeping river stages above minor
flood stage, and it is anticipated the river levels will remain
above flood stage through at least the end of next week.