FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The 8.3 inches of snow that fell on Fargo-Moorhead in recent days means the area now has a moisture base similar to a year ago, as the spring flooding season nears.

Fargo has received 44.9 inches of snow this winter, compared with 44.7 inches at the same time last year. The National Weather Service says moisture content is 12.05 inches, slightly less than 13.02 inches a year ago.

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The most recent weather service flood outlook says there is an 86 percent chance of the Red River reaching major flood stage this spring. Meteorologist Dave Kellenbenz says how much more precipitation falls and how fast the snow melts will determine the severity of spring flooding.

Last spring, Fargo residents fought off two crests of the Red River -- the first at a record 40.82 feet and the second at 34 feet.