Snowpack Continues to Increase

Snow being plowed in the Big Horn Mountains (photo courtesy of WYDOT)
Snow being plowed in the Big Horn Mountains (photo courtesy of WYDOT)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming's snowpack continued to climb over the past week, raising concerns about the likelihood of flooding as temperatures rise. Natural Resources Conservation Service water specialist Lee Hackleman says the water content of the snowpack across Wyoming stands at 327 percent of average, up from last week's level of 227 percent of average.

Hackleman said he doesn't expect runoff in Wyoming rivers and streams will set any records this week, but said temperatures in the 80's next week could change that.

More than 100 Wyoming National Guard troops are set to deploy to five locations around the state to help local officials prepare for expected high flows. Five teams of 23 troops each were deploying Tuesday, and are headed to Carbon, Fremont and Lincoln counties.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service list is as follows:

Snake River Basin: 5/31 - 33.3", 282% of Normal
Upper Yellowstone: 5/31 - 30.6", 217% of Normal
Wind River Basin: 5/31 - 15.8", 277% of Normal
Big Horn Basin: 5/31 - 18.5", 282% of Normal
Shoshone River: 5/31 - 23.9", 201% of Normal
Powder-Tongue: 5/31 - 15.7", 575% of Normal
Upper North Platte: 5/31 - 37.2", 283% of Normal
Lower North Platte: 5/31 - 18.3", 242% of Normal
Little Snake River: 5/31 - 31.8", 285% of Normal
Upper Green River: 5/31 - 17.3", 356% of Normal
Lower Green River: 5/31 - 14.1", 325% of Normal
Upper Bear River: 5/31 - 28.1", 540% of Normal

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