Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Springtime in Paris

 (Parker photo) 

NWS Issues Flood Warning for Bear River

Paris--Springtime in Paris, Idaho. In the mountains above Paris snowpack is the deepest in decades. At scenic Bloomington Lake they still have 185-percent of snowpack. These snowmobilers are standing on the outhouses near the lake trailhead. At this site they still have more than 9-feet of snowpack!

Days and nights are still cold there, but Wednesday and Thursday could see 75-degrees. The Bear River is running above its banks with flooding in the Dingle area.

The National Weather Service in Pocatello has issued a Flood Warning for the Bear River in areas of Bear Lake County, Idaho. On Monday afternoon the river was near flood stage and is expected to rise above that by today.

They project that the river will continue to rise a foot over flood stage by Wednesday morning, and additional increases are possible after that.

The areas most prone to be impacted are near Pegram and Dingle, near the Utah and Wyoming border.

"Lowland flooding of fields and pasture land will occur," the weather service states in its Flood Warning. "Driveways to low lying homes next to the river near Dingle may have water across them."

The Portneuf River in Pocatello has already reached flood stage and minor flooding was reported last week. Both of those areas were affected by flooding earlier in the year.

The National Weather Service out of Salt Lake City has issued a Flood Watch and a Hazardous Weather Outlook for portions of Northern Utah and Western Wyoming.

Warming temperatures, reaching near record levels, coupled with gusty south winds will precipitate the Spring runoff in earnest. Minor flooding is expected along rivers and streams, particularly in communities like Huntsville, Woodruff, Randolph, Heber City and Park City.

The south fork of the Ogden River, from Causey Reservoir to Pineview Reservoir, is also under a Flood Watch.

"With the warmer temperatures, water levels in streams and rivers will rise due to snowmelt," states the weather service. "Waters will be cold and swift, keep children and pets away from this hazard."

In addition to the warmer than normal temperatures this weekend, high-based thunderstorms may roll in to the area beginning Saturday afternoon and evening an may be accompanied by strong winds. Those showers and thunderstorms may continue each day through Thursday next week.

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