“…RISES TO CREEKS, STREAMS, AND RIVERS DUE TO INCREASED SNOWMELT…”
Alert in Effect
From 12:27 PM (MDT), April 29, until 3:00 PM (MDT), April 30
Streams, creeks, and rivers will continue to experience significant rises moving forward into early next week, especially low and mid elevation watersheds across the forecast area. Thereafter, flows are expected to remain at high levels through the end of the week. Waterways will be running high, fast, cold, and extremely dangerous increasing the risk of hypothermia and drowning with even brief periods of time in the water. Keep a safe distance from these waterways as banks may become unstable, and especially monitor children and pets closely as they can quickly drown in these elevated flows. There is a high chance of localized flooding by early next week in some mid-elevation watersheds, especially across northern Utah. Many mid-elevation watersheds are expected to increase to near bankfull conditions through that time. High pressure building into the area will lead to a notable warming trend, allowing temperatures to rise 15 to 20 degrees above normal by early next week. Given record snowpack in our area mountains, these temperatures will lead to accelerated snowmelt of low and mid-elevation basins, leading to the high flows mentioned above. Continue to monitor conditions closely as the spring snowmelt- runoff is now beginning in earnest. Stay tuned for the latest river forecasts, watches, and warnings. Refer to those already issued for additional information.