Flood Watch posted for Wind River Basin, NW Wyoming; High temperatures accelerating runoff

UPDATE at 11 a.m.: Riverton and Dubois are now under Flood Warnings along the Wind River. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1wfWJMZ

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a flood watch for the Wind River Basin due to high temperatures over the weekend and projected continued warm weather for this coming week. Minor flooding is possible around Dubois, below Diversion Dam and below Riverton along the Wind River. The flood watch statement is printed in its entirety below:

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY
MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RIVERTON HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL WYOMING AND NORTHWEST
  WYOMING...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN CENTRAL WYOMING...
   UPPER WIND RIVER BASIN AND WIND RIVER BASIN. IN NORTHWEST
  WYOMING...ABSAROKA MOUNTAINS...CODY FOOTHILLS AND YELLOWSTONE
  NATIONAL PARK.

* FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING

* VERY WARM MOUNTAIN AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES TUESDAY THROUGH
  THURSDAY WILL CAUSE EXCESSIVE SNOWMELT RUNOFF. THE EXCESSIVE
  SNOWMELT RUNOFF WILL CAUSE AREA STREAMS AND RIVERS TO FLOW AT
  VERY HIGH LEVELS.

* FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ALONG THE SOUTH FORK OF THE SHOSHONE RIVER
  DOWNSTREAM OF VALLEY. FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE ALONG THE NORTH
  FORK OF THE SHOSHONE RIVER AT AND JUST UPSTREAM OF BUFFALO BILL
  STATE PARK. MINOR FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE ALONG THE WIND RIVER
  NEAR DUBOIS...DOWNSTREAM OF DIVERSION DAM...AND JUST DOWNSTREAM
  OF RIVERTON. FLOODING ALONG THE LAMAR RIVER WILL BE MAINLY
  CONCENTRATED IN WESTERN SECTIONS OF THE LAMAR VALLEY.

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS STREAMS AND CREEKS DURING THE LATE
AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. CREEKS AND STREAMS WILL BE AT THEIR
HIGHEST AT THOSE TIMES. PAY ATTENTION TO THE WEATHER AND TO CREEK
AND STREAM LEVELS. DO NOT GET CLOSE TO FLOODED CREEKS AND STREAMS,
JUST MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

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