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Minor spring flooding likely, says Weather Service

MONTEVIDEO -- Residents the Minnesota River watershed do not face the potential for major spring flooding as being forecast for the Red River Valley, but there is still reason to keep eyes wide open.

The National Weather Service is forecasting that most locations in the upper Minnesota River have a normal to slightly above normal chance for spring flooding, based on current conditions.

The Weather Service also adds a word of warning: It is looking at a higher potential to reach minor flood stage in the headwaters and Montevideo areas.

The Weather Service forecasts a nearly 90 percent probability for minor flooding in Montevideo and a 45 percent probability in Granite Falls. The projections are based on the current snow pack, water saturation in the soil, and long-range weather forecasts for precipitation.

The National Weather Service rates the prospect for major flooding at less than 10 percent in the area.

The Weather Service will be providing periodic updates as the season advances.

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