National Weather Service

One Death, Several Injuries After Tornado Strikes Otter Tail County

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINN. – Otter Tail County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons says one person is dead and two people were injured after a tornado struck near Dalton around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The man killed was working in a shop when the twister hit. The conditions of those injured is not known. Last night, the sheriff’s emergency operations team completed searching…

Remembering The Deadly Tornado Outbreak Of 2010

Most Severe Tornado Outbreak In Decades Hit MN & ND 10 Years Ago Wednesday

  Wednesday is the 10-year anniversary of one of the most destructive tornado outbreaks we’ve seen here in our region. Numerous tornadoes touched down in Minnesota and North Dakota on June 17th, 2010, including three violent EF4 tornadoes and one EF3 tornado. Three people died in the widespread outbreak, including a man in Polk County, one in Otter Tail County,…

Cass County Says Rural Residents Should Prepare for Major Flooding

CASS COUNTY, N.D.–Cass County says rural residents should prepare for significant flooding along the Sheyenne and Maple Rivers as temperatures rise between Monday and Wednesday. The National Weather Service predicts the Sheyenne River will crest at 91.3 feet and the Maple River is expected to crest at 22.5 feet on Thursday. Both rivers will reach top 10 flood levels. The…

Cass County Preparing for Significant Flooding in Rural Areas

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the Cass County flood hotline at 701-241-8000.

CASS COUNTY–Cass County is continuing to prepare for spring flooding despite experiencing a slow melt so far. County officials say rural residents in Kindred, Mapleton and Harwood need to plan for significant flooding due to the National Weather Service predicting a 50 percent chance of similar flood conditions as the 2019 flood. They predict major flooding will happen along the…

Moorhead prepares for flood season

The National Weather Service Forecast indicates there is a 50% chance of about a 35 foot flood

MOORHEAD, Minn — Flood season in Fargo-Moorhead is about to begin. The Red River is at 15.98 feet, but that number is expected to rise to a major flood staging. “The weather service forecast indicates a 50% chance of about a 35 foot flood, 5-10% chance of 38-39 feet,” said Moorhead city engineer Bob Zimmerman. To give a better idea…

Weather Service: Risk of Red River Flooding Down Slightly

There's a 5 percent chance the river could top 39 feet.

FARGO, N.D.–The risk of spring flooding in the Red River Valley has been reduced slightly because of limited precipitation in the last few weeks, although National Weather Service forecasters say there’s still a lot of moisture in the system. The latest outlook released Thursday shows a 50 percent chance that the Red River in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, area…

Fargo to Begin Filling Sandbags in Case of Red River Flood

The city plans to fill 250,000 sandbags in order to protect up to 41 feet.

FARGO, N.D. –A city building dubbed Sandbag Central will soon be open for business as Fargo leaders prepare for spring flooding along the Red River. City Administrator Bruce Grubb told city commissioners Monday of plans to fill 250,000 sandbags in order to protect the city to 41 feet, which would be 23 feet over flood stage. The latest outlook from…

Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Potential Spring Flooding Threats

Each meeting will allow time at the end for the public to ask questions.

FARGO, N.D.–A series of meetings are scheduled to inform the public about the potential for 2020 spring flood threats and preventative measures to take. The meetings, hosted by the North Dakota State Water Commission and Department of Emergency Services, will be held in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown. FEMA, the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

North Dakota Agencies Begin Planning For Potential Spring Flooding

Governor Doug Burgum says they started earlier than normal because of unprecedented wet conditions

BISMARCK, N.D. — Agencies in North Dakota are already planning for spring flooding after a record wet fall. The meeting Tuesday in Bismarck set up a statewide plan for preparations, response, and recovery efforts if major flooding happens. Governor Doug Burgum says they started earlier than normal because of unprecedented wet conditions that he says pose a “serious threat” to…

Record-Breaking Cold Freezing Minnesota Lakes Early

An arctic air mass that started in Siberia has moved through the Midwest and East Coast.

MINNEAPOLIS–Record-breaking cold temperatures are freezing Minnesota lakes weeks earlier than normal. Monday was the coldest high temperature in three decades in the Twin Cities. The temperature reached 18 degrees at midnight, tying the coldest high record set in 1986. The National Weather Service said Tuesday and Wednesday may see record cold from the southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley to…