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Published March 12, 2011, 11:25 AM

Warmer Weather Expected Next Week Shouldn't Spur Spring Melt

A National Weather Service hydrologist in Fargo says high temperatures forecast in the 40s next week will prime the Red River basin's snowpack for melting, but the spring melt still isn't expected to take off until late March or early April.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A National Weather Service hydrologist in Fargo says high temperatures forecast in the 40s next week will prime the Red River basin's snowpack for melting, but the spring melt still isn't expected to take off until late March or early April.

Mike Lukes told The Forum newspaper that the forecast for Fargo calls for above-freezing highs and below-freezing lows next week, which will produce some melting but probably not enough to set in motion the spring melt and runoff into rivers.

The spring thaw progress report issued by the weather service Friday says it's not possible to predict exactly when the spring runoff and flood period will begin.

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