Big snowpack means potential flooding in Wyoming

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The National Weather Service says above-average snowfall Wyoming received this past winter means increased potential for flooding along some main river basins when the mountain snowpack starts to melt.

Statewide the mountain snowpack in Wyoming is 135 percent of median this week with some areas 160 percent of median.

Hydrologist Jim Fahey says there is moderate to high potential for flooding from snowmelt around the Big Horn Mountains in north-central Wyoming, the Saratoga and Encampment area in south-central Wyoming, along the Wind River in central Wyoming and in the Upper Green River region in southwest Wyoming.

Fahey cautioned that the flood forecast only accounts for mountain runoff from the current snowpack and various other hydrological factors that now exist.

Additional precipitation and temperature fluctuations can change things in a hurry.

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