The National Weather service is forecasting the temperatures in Western North Dakota to stay mild, close to normal through end of May, with precipitation to be slightly above normal. They are predicting only minor flooding possible on the Knife River. On Friday, February 10th, Lake Ilo Manager began releasing water at a very slow rate to help get rid of our snow covered ice that is on Spring Creek. On Wednesday morning it was found that Spring Creek and the Knife River are at very low levels with water running under the snow covered ice. There was no indication that any significant runoff water was entering the creek or river, so that tells us that it is soaking into the ground. Water from Lake Ilo will continue to released and the river & creek will be monitored over the weekend. Right now our snow water contents range from 2-8 inches across Mercer County, the warm weather we are having will lower this significantly over the weekend. You can find this snow water content information at: http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/interactive/html/map.html.