Snowfall better than rain during flood season, weather service says

Ken Chase / WDAY
Ken Chase / WDAY

GRAND FORKS — A snowstorm expected to impact much of the Red River Valley on Thursday, April 11, may have some worried in an already bad spring flood season.

But while snowfall expected across the region will affect the flood outlook, it won't have as big of an impact as rain, according to the National Weather Service.

"There's going to be a slower response from the river system,” said meteorologist Tom Grafenauer. “The snow will need to melt . . . and it would runoff slower than if it was rain.”

The National Weather Service expects rivers to have a second crest, but it's still too soon to predict when.