||Several unusual factors combined to set off spring flooding in 2010. By early March, roughly 40 to 50 inches of snow had fallen across eastern North Dakota and the northwest quarter of Minnesota. From March 7th through 15th, the first order climate stations at Fargo and Grand Forks stayed almost entirely above 32 degrees. Also from March 4th through March 18th, daily average temperatures at the two stations were 6 to 14 degrees above normal. During the second week of March, a central plains storm system transported unusally high amounts of low level moisture into the area. As the storm system slowed, then stalled over Iowa from March 9th through the 12th, cloud cover persisted for 7 to 10 days and light rain bands wrapped back into the northern plains. Widespread light rain accumulations of 1.5 to 2.0 inches were common during this 4 day period. The snowpack melted quickest in the southern Red River Valley into portions of west central Minnesota, so areal flooding began in this area first. Numerous roads were closed due to the flooding.