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Published March 15, 2010, 03:41 PM

New Predictions Show Grand Forks Levels

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks released some new flood predictions and probabIlities. And for the first time this year are including early Grand Forks numbers.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks released some new flood predictions and probabilities.

And for the first time this year are including early Grand Forks numbers.

Now visibly flowing the Red River is on the rise and fast. In Grand Forks it's risen about 10-feet in the last 48-hours. Even with a cold front coming the National Weather Service is releasing predictions for the Grand Forks area that paints a wet picture.

Greg Gust/National Weather Service: "Once that river kicks in through this week, even with the cold temps at the end of this week, its not going to stop the main stem from flowing, what its going to do is stop the in-flow from coming in through the tributaries."

"The National Weather Service in Grand Forks says expect a 40-50 percent chance of seeing the Red at a level of 47-49-feet, and a 25-percent or less chance of exceeding that mark."

With a crest still 10-days out a lot can change. And that could put the probabilities even higher of seeing that 49-foot mark that we hit in 2009.

Greg Gust/National Weather Service: "What happens with temps and what happens with precipitation. So again, a very rapid warm up and any precipitation on top of us could ramp that up."

Gust says expect a cool down this weekend, and another stormy pattern at the end of March. He says the earlier than expected river rise is due to record warming patterns.

Greg Gust/National Weather Service: "Over the last 7-8 days it's both the earliest and the largest period of above freezing temperatures we've had since the 1880's."

Fargo is expected to see a 38 foot crest this weekend. Depending on when flows come in from the Wild Rice River they could see a long crest versus an initial drop and second crest.

Greg Gust/National Weather Service: "Just keep that crest dragged out. keep high water coming through Fargo in that middle-thirties realm for a few days."

The Red in Grand Forks just hit flood stage this morning with a level just over 28-feet. It could rise another 5-7 feet by mid-morning tomorrow.

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