There’s plenty of Winter left but officials with the National Weather Service and River Forecast Center already have one eye on the Spring thaw. The first outlook for flood potential in the Red River Valley has been released. The data suggests there is a less than five-percent chance of major flooding in the Grand Forks area – a 21-percent chance of minor flooding. Jim Kaiser of the NWS office in Grand Forks says the outlook is based in six decades of weather data. Based on that information the best guess for a crest right now in in GF/EGF would be something less than 22 feet. Flood stage is 28. The odds of major flooding at most major reporting points along the Red River is only in the single digits.