FLOOD POTENTIAL IN THE UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASIN

The following are generalized discussions of the flood potential due to snowmelt in the Upper Colorado River drainage as of March 1, 1998. Discussions are segregated by state. It is important to understand that the potential for flooding may increase dramatically if snowmelt accelerates rapidly due to above normal temperatures or if significant rain events occur.

COLORADO: As of March 1, the snowmelt flood potential for Western Colorado is near normal. The March 1 snowpack varies from below to near normal. Currently, no forecast points are expected to exceed flood stage.

WYOMING: At this time, the snowmelt flood potential for streams draining the Northern Uintas is near normal with snowpack in this area ranging from near to much above normal. Elsewhere the snowmelt flood potential is lower than normal with the snowpack ranging from below to near normal. At this time no forecasts points are expected to exceed flood stage.

UTAH: Currently, the snowmelt flood potential for the Utah portion of the basin is near normal with the snowpack varying from below normal to above normal. As of March 1, no forecast points are expected to exceed flood stage.

NEW MEXICO: The snowmelt flood potential over the New Mexico portion of the basin, at this time, is below normal. Snowpack for locations upstream of the Four Corners area is below average. Volume forecasts for southwest Colorado streams draining into New Mexico are below average. No forecast points are projected to exceed flood stage due solely to snowmelt during the spring and summer season of 1998.