OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Officials say this month’s unusually wet, cold weather may lead to flooding and dangerous conditions this spring in northern Utah.
The Standard-Examiner reports that Utah’s water experts say May’s warming trends will determine how quickly this year’s snowpack makes its way into the region’s valleys and reservoirs.
National Weather Service hydrologist Brian McInerney says that Utah’s water levels have hit 150% to 190% of average across the state, with larger numbers registering further south. So spring runoff is expected to measure roughly 120% to 130% of average.
McInerney says his biggest concern is that rivers are going to be running so fast and so full that people may die by falling in. He says he fears hypothermic conditions in the treacherous waters.