#Runoff news: Some stream flooding possible as melt-out kicks in

Statewide Basin High/Low graph June 3, 2019 via the NRCS.

From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Kirk Mitchell):

Forecasters are anywhere from concerned to alarmed about the potential for flooding in Colorado’s high country…

The snow water equivalent, or SWE, of snowpack in the mountains peaked at 20.5 inches on April 15, but was still at about 16.5 inches on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder…

“I wouldn’t say go out and get ready for a massive flood, but getting prepared is a good idea,” NWS meteorologist Natalie Sullivan said Friday. “These levels are definitely something to keep an eye on, but it is not overly alarming.”

The SWE of 16.5 inches is more than three times higher than the normal for May 30, which is more typically 4.5 inches to 6 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The variations in normal levels are attributable to different areas of Colorado.

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