FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ A major winter storm is barreling down on the Red River Valley, a few days ahead of the next National Weather Service outlook for spring flooding.
Weather service officials say snow will be heavy at times and spread from west to east late Sunday into Monday evening.
Total snow accumulations in North Dakota are expected between 4 and 8 inches by the time the storm moves out, with heavier amounts possible across northwest Minnesota.
The storm comes on the heels of a system that dropped several inches of snow in the Fargo area Friday.
Residents of the Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., area had last year off from flood fighting after battling high waters for three straight years, beginning in 2009.
The weather service will issue its next flood forecast Thursday.