Rain to begin this afternoon; Rockfall watch in WR Canyon; Winter storm warning for the mountains

Riverton, Wyo.) – Residents along small streams and creeks in the Lander Foothills, the southern Wind River and Big Horn basins and the Owl Creek and Bridger mountains are alerted to be aware of potential flooding this weekend. The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Riverton said rainfall would start across the southern half of the Big Horn Basin and into the Wind River Basin and along the Lander Foothills by this afternoon. The rain will increase in intensity by this evening continuing through Saturday night with rainfall heavy at times. The rain is expected to taper off some on Sunday. The NWS said total rainfall amounts through Sunday morning are forecast to be 2 to 3 inches with some areas along the Lander Foothills and Eastern Wind River Mountains receiving up t o 4 inches. Snow levels will begin above 10,000 feet this afternoon, dropping to 8,500 feet by Saturday morning, the bouncing between 8,500 and 9500 feet through Sunday morning. The combination of the rain and snowmelt runoff will combine forces Saturday morning to cause rapid rises of small streams and creeks along the Lander Foothills as well as along the lower elevations of the Southern Wind River Basin and through the Wind River Canyon. Mud slides and rock fall will be an issue in canyon areas, especially through the Wind River Canyon. For the Wind River Basin: [image: Inline image 2] For the Southern Big Horn Basin and Thermopolis: [image: Inline image 3] [image: Inline image 4] The Flood Watch Area in dark green (NWS Graphic) #county10 #springcity #news