Western Slope Flood Outlook Has Weather Forecasters Concerned

Above average precipitation, heavy snowpack, and a prolonged drought have Grand Valley weather forecasters concerned about flooding this spring. National Weather Service outlooks predict above normal chances for spring flooding.

Mountain snowpack peak melting periods occur in mid–to–late April, however with the amounts of snow in the higher elevations, forecasters say melting may occur later in the season causing greater flood concerns.

Now while river and tributary levels may or may not flood,
people throughout the Western Slope need to be cautious. A National Weather Service spokesperson says because of rough currents, white water rafters especially need to be careful, and have to know when peak melting periods occur.

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