It looks as though the spring runoff will commence finally!
Hydrologic Outlook WYC003-013-019-023-029-035-037-039-041957- Hydrologic Outlook National Weather Service Riverton WY 157 PM MDT Wed May 3 2017 ...Warm basin temperatures across western and central Wyoming Thursday through Saturday will cause steady rises in small creeks and streams Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon... ...Rain expected across western and central Wyoming Tuesday through Thursday of next week will increase flood potential... Snowmelt runoff into small streams and creeks will drastically increase due to warm basin temperatures across western and central Wyoming Thursday through Saturday. Small streams and creeks will see steady rises Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon with the increased snowmelt runoff. Afternoon temperatures at the 9000 foot elevation are forecasted to be into the middle 50s Thursday and into upper 50s to near 60 Friday and Saturday. Temperatures are expected to cool down into the lower to middle 50s by Sunday afternoon. Rain develops across western and central Wyoming Sunday night through Monday night. Snow levels will be around 9500 feet. A quarter inch of precipitation is expected over the basins with up to a half an inch over the mountains. Another round of heavier rain is expected across western and central Wyoming late Tuesday night through Thursday night. Amounts look to be around one half inch to an inch over the lower elevations and up to one to two inches in the mountains. Snow levels will be around 9000 feet. Tributary creeks and streams may reach bankfull by Sunday morning through Monday morning due to excess snowmelt runoff and rainfall runoff. Minor flooding of low lying areas is possible due to the elevated stream levels. Main stem rivers will see noticeable rises by Sunday morning with continued rises possible on Monday. Main stem rivers are expected to remain below flood levels through Monday. The forecasted rain Tuesday through Thursday will increase flood potential across western and central Wyoming. Stay tuned for updated outlooks, advisories, and warnings as we get closer to this developing rain on snowmelt event. Graphical forecasts are available at: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=riw Visit weather.gov/riverton and select the rivers & lakes tab for graphical forecasts and additional information. $$ jtfahey