For the first time in four years, the prospect of spring flooding across the Red River Valley is low, according to the initial spring flood outlook released by the National Weather Service.

A dry, mild fall and winter have led to a thin snowpack and low soil moisture levels, with a greater-than 95 percent chance that the Goose River at Hillsboro will stay below 5 feet at its peak this spring.

Flood stage at the location is 10 feet.

“It’s quite different from the last few years,” Amanda Lee, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, said Thursday.

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