Flood Watch posted for Wind River Basin, NW Wyoming; High temperatures accelerating runoff
UPDATE at 11 a.m.: Riverton and Dubois are now under Flood Warnings along the Wind River. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1wfWJMZ
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a flood watch for the Wind River Basin due to high temperatures over the weekend and projected continued warm weather for this coming week. Minor flooding is possible around Dubois, below Diversion Dam and below Riverton along the Wind River. The flood watch statement is printed in its entirety below:
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RIVERTON HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL WYOMING AND NORTHWEST WYOMING...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN CENTRAL WYOMING... UPPER WIND RIVER BASIN AND WIND RIVER BASIN. IN NORTHWEST WYOMING...ABSAROKA MOUNTAINS...CODY FOOTHILLS AND YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. * FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING * VERY WARM MOUNTAIN AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY WILL CAUSE EXCESSIVE SNOWMELT RUNOFF. THE EXCESSIVE SNOWMELT RUNOFF WILL CAUSE AREA STREAMS AND RIVERS TO FLOW AT VERY HIGH LEVELS. * FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ALONG THE SOUTH FORK OF THE SHOSHONE RIVER DOWNSTREAM OF VALLEY. FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE ALONG THE NORTH FORK OF THE SHOSHONE RIVER AT AND JUST UPSTREAM OF BUFFALO BILL STATE PARK. MINOR FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE ALONG THE WIND RIVER NEAR DUBOIS...DOWNSTREAM OF DIVERSION DAM...AND JUST DOWNSTREAM OF RIVERTON. FLOODING ALONG THE LAMAR RIVER WILL BE MAINLY CONCENTRATED IN WESTERN SECTIONS OF THE LAMAR VALLEY. A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS STREAMS AND CREEKS DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. CREEKS AND STREAMS WILL BE AT THEIR HIGHEST AT THOSE TIMES. PAY ATTENTION TO THE WEATHER AND TO CREEK AND STREAM LEVELS. DO NOT GET CLOSE TO FLOODED CREEKS AND STREAMS, JUST MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.