Low potential for snowmelt flooding predicted for most of the state

(Wyoming) - Mountain snowpack and associated snow water equivalents (SWEs) across central to north central Wyoming continued to be generally below average by the middle of March; while SWEs across southern Wyoming basins were generally near average to above average, NOAA Hydrologist Jim Fahey reports. SWEs at the peak snowmelt runoff elevations (8,500’ – 10.000’) were the highest across the Lower Green and Laramie Basins at 105 to 115 percent of median. The Tongue and Powder River Drainages had SWEs at 55 to 70 percent of median at the peak snowmelt runoff elevations. There is a moderate potential for flooding from snowmelt across lower portions of the Upper North Platte and Laramie Watershed, along with sections of the Blacks Fork and Wind River drainages. Elsewhere in the state, there a generally low potential for flooding. This outlook is based on various diverse hydrological factors such as snow water equivalents (SWEs) in the mountain snowpack, basin morphology (i.e. how basins respond to snowmelt runoff), antecedent soil moisture, amount of bark beetle kill, low elevation snow depths, and likely temperature and precipitation. [image: MAR2016.jpg] *photo h/t Bill Sincavage / Pitchengine Communities* *graphic h/t Jim Fahey / NOAA* #county10 #buckrail #reboot #springcity #dally #oilcity #county17 #shortgo #news