Above average snowpack brings slight threat of flooding to Cache Valley

Cache Valley is apparently the only part of the state of Utah with the potential for flooding according to Brian McInerney. He is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service out of Salt Lake City.

On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, McInerney said it has been phenomenal to see that snowpack in Cache Valley has gone from approximately 50 percent of normal to the range of 130-140 percent of normal.

“That translates to less than a 10 percent chance, maybe a 25 percent chance of flooding,” McInerney said. “We’ve seen extreme conditions all winter long. If we continue to see these very cold, wet systems move through northern Utah like we’ve seen, then the flood threat will increase.

“But I think as we stand right now, we’re not forecasting any flooding for your area. But we have enough error in that forecast that we may see some issues if we stay cold and wet.”

He said the Logan area has a very good water supply right now but with that comes at least a little flood risk.

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