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Flood warning extended


February 14, 2017

WORLAND — The National Weather Service in Riverton has extended the flood warning for an ice jam in south central Big Horn County and north central Washakie County from Worland to Greybull through 4:15 p.m. today.

Reporting gauges indicate ice jam flooding on the Big Horn River at Worland with the gauge just below the major flood range at 10.4 feet at 4 p.m.

The river reached a maximum of 14.9 feet at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service, ice jam flooding is expected to continue on the Big Horn River at Worland through today. River levels are expected to continue to fall Monday through today.

As of Monday morning, the Big Horn River had dropped about 1.5 feet as the weather cooled over the weekend and limited snow melt. A river ice dam remains just north of Worland in the Big Horn River.

Forecasters with The National Weather Service are predicting continued flooding of the Big Horn River through early Tuesday [today] as the result of river ice jams between Worland and Greybull, said Chris Jones, NWS meteorologist in charge in Riverton.

“Generally dry conditions are being forecast until Thursday, Jones said. “Warming temperatures after Wednesday could cause further flooding/ice jam issues in these areas into this upcoming weekend.”

Two storm systems are forecast to affect western Wyoming west of the Continental Divide with two snow events forecast this Thursday and Friday and then again Saturday through Monday. The first system is forecast to bring mainly light precipitation, with more moderate snow amounts possible through the weekend in western areas of Wyoming.

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