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 May 1, 2000. 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: The flood potential due to snowmelt in western Colorado is below normal at this time. As of May 1, no forecast points are expected to exceed flood stage due to snowmelt.

WYOMING: The snowmelt flood potential for streams in southwest Wyoming is low at this time. The May 1 snowpack varies from below to much below normal. As of May 1 no forecast points are expected to exceed flood stage due solely to snowmelt.

UTAH: Currently, the snowmelt flood potential for the Utah portion of the basin is low with the snowpack varying from below to much below normal. As of May 1, no forecast points are expected to exceed flood stage due solely to snowmelt.

NEW MEXICO: The snowmelt flood potential over the New Mexico portion of the basin is low at this time. Snowpack for locations upstream of the Four Corners area is much below average. Volume forecasts for southwest Colorado streams draining into New Mexico are much below average. No forecast points are projected to exceed flood stage due solely to snowmelt during the spring and summer season of 2000.