March 31st, 2009
04:12 PM ET

Snow rolls into Red River Valley

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[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/weather/03/31/north.dakota.floods/art.snowy.fargo.gi.jpg caption="North Dakota National Guard members inspect a levee Monday along the Red River near Fargo."]
Just as the flooding threat decreased in parts of North Dakota, a major snowstorm continued to smack the area Tuesday, forecasters said. Residents in and around Fargo, North Dakota, breathed a sigh of relief Monday as waters of the Red River had receded. But the snowstorm could dump as much as 16 inches of snow near the Red River Valley, which could add to the level of the river.

The river, which at one point was at a historic level of nearly 41 feet, had fallen below 39 feet Monday. By 7 a.m. CT (8 a.m. ET), the river was forecasted at about 38 feet and was expected drop to the 18-foot flood level by early next week.


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  1. Mari

    Amazing weather! Flooding, ice and snow! Go figure.......... of course, there is no Global Warming according the the far-right!

    @ Eddie......... Actually, an Ice Age is the result of Global Warming, look it up. As the Polar ice melts, cooling our Oceans, we get severe weather and (God help us) an Ice age.

    We live in the Rockies, just got 2 feet of snow at our house, last week we have record temps, of 68! This week one snow storm after another.

    I pray it is not too late for the Earth.

    March 31, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  2. Eddie

    Our science has for many years stated that we are in a global warming stage however, I believe that it is quite the opposite and we are in the process of a mini Ice Age.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  3. Stan

    President Obama, I'am glad you are our President and I wish all of the leaders of the free world the very best in the meetings in London. It's good to have all of the leaders of the free world together to brain storm together. I thank God I live in a free world like the United States of America. God bless the people of North Dakota, people of the Unites States are praying with you and for you.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Hopefully nature will cut Fargo a break and have the snow melt slowly so that it really doesn't make the river rise that much. I agree with the man, though, that said people might want to reconsider leaving so close to the river – if flooding is increasing over historical norms I'd look at it as a wake up call and move somewhere else. Being flooded once is no fun; being flooded every few years does not seem to be worth putting up with.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Wow..it is weird that Fargo got hit by immense rain that caused flooding and now snow that can cause it to get way worse. Hopefully the levees will hold and not much flooding will occur from the rising river because of the snow.


    March 31, 2009 at 4:20 pm |