Flooding Expected in Southwest Carbon County Over Next Few Days
The National Weather Service in Cheyenne has issued a Flood Warning for the Little Snake River in southwest Carbon County effective through noon on Friday.
The NWS says higher temperatures are accelerating snowmelt, leading to rises on the river near Baggs.
"The Little Snake River is expected to crest in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and then recede each afternoon," the NWS said.
The NWS says most flood deaths occur in vehicles, and urges drivers to remember the phrase "turn around, don't drown" when faced with flooded roads.
Flood Warning National Weather Service Cheyenne WY 1252 PM MDT Tue May 2 2023 .Higher temperatures are accelerating snowmelt, leading to rises on the Little Snake River near Baggs. WYC007-051800- /O.NEW.KCYS.FA.W.0001.230502T1852Z-230505T1800Z/ /00000.0.SM.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ Carbon WY- 1252 PM MDT Tue May 2 2023 ...FLOOD WARNING FOR SNOWMELT IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT FRIDAY... * WHAT...Flooding caused by snowmelt is expected. * WHERE...The Little Snake River in southwest Carbon County, including the city of Baggs. * WHEN...Until noon MDT Friday. * IMPACTS...Flooding of the Little Snake River below Dixon. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS... - At 1246 PM MDT, river forecast indicates future flooding due to snowmelt. Flooding is expected to begin early Wednesday morning in the warned area. - The Little Snake River is expected to crest in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and then recede each afternoon. - Some locations that will experience flooding include... Baggs. - http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Stay away or be swept away. River banks and culverts can become unstable and unsafe. Please report observed flooding to local emergency services or law enforcement and request they pass this information to the National Weather Service when you can do so safely.