Increased spring flood potential

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The latest National Weather Service spring flood outlook shows the potential for flooding from the mountain snowpack melting this spring and early summer has increased in parts of central and western Wyoming.

You may recall ice jams already caused significant flooding along parts of the Big Horn River earlier this winter.

The outlook released Tuesday adds portions of the North and South Forks of the Shoshone River in northwest Wyoming to the river basins where there is a moderate to high potential for flooding when the snowmelt gets underway in earnest in May and June.

Moderate to high potential for flooding remains in the Big and Little Wind River basins in central Wyoming, the Upper Green Basin and Snake River Basin.

Currently, the low-level snowpack is melting out, prompting a flood watch through Wednesday night for portions of northwest, southwest and west-central Wyoming, including Jackson, Pinedale and Kemmerer.