Flooding continues along the Red River and some of its tributaries, and rain is the last thing that the area needs right now. The next two days will be dry across the northern Plains, but there will be a period of wet weather from later Thursday into Friday. The saving grace here is that the bulk of the storm is likely to pass south of the Red River watershed.

Snowmelt continues to aggravate the situation, but a sizable portion of the snow pack is now gone.

The next crest of the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota is due Friday at 38 feet. The river crested at a record 40.82 feet on March 28.

In Grand Forks, a crest of 48.5 feet will occur on Friday, which is 2 feet above major flood stage.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.