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Preliminary flood probability: Above averageTell North Platte what you think

The odds of spring floods on the Platte rivers this year are slightly above average, the National Weather Service says.

As of early March, the snowpack in the North Platte and South Platte River basins in Colorado and Wyoming was slightly above average, and higher than last year.

Flooding from snowmelt runoff is highly dependent on how quickly snowmelt occurs in the low- to mid-elevations of the mountains, typically 8,500 feet and lower, the weather service said.

Normal operations are ongoing at reservoirs along the rivers for this time of year. Releases from dams along the North Platte River in Wyoming have been limited through the winter months, with inflows generally coming from melted snow.

Reservoir levels have risen through the winter months. The current reservoir storage across Wyoming, as well as Lake McConaughy, are slightly above average for this time of year, the weather service said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/12/2017
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