Local News 5/9/17

EAST FORK ROAD STILL CLOSED

(Dubois) – The Wind River Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest is delaying the opening of East Fork Road at the forest boundary.

With the past winter seeing such high levels of snow, East Fork Road is currently impassable and will remain closed until further notice due to large snow drifts, very wet road surfaces and the potential for resource damage.

A check of conditions last Friday found numerous drifts over three feet deep.

The road will remain open to foot and horse traffic, and the condition of the road will be monitored so it can be opened as soon as conditions allow.

 

ONLY MINOR FLOODING THIS WEEK

(Riverton) – Smaller creeks and streams are expected to continue to run at moderate to high levels through Thursday due to continued snowmelt and rainfall in the forecast.

The National Weather Service says minor flooding along low lying areas can be expected with the higher flows but mainstem rivers should remain below the flood action or warning stage through Thursday.

Later in the week, temperatures are expected to warm up again and periods of rainshowers are expected over central and western Wyoming through Wednesday night.

Snow water equivalents in the mountains have been dropping at a rate of around half an inch over the last few days.

 

WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK UPDATED

(Riverton) – An updated Wyoming water supply graphic has been issued and it indicates there’s still plenty of moisture in the mountains.

Mountain snowpack across Wyoming is 125 to 135 percent of average but the snowpack in the Wind, Upper Green and Sweetwater drainages range from 190 to 230 percent of median.

Well above average snowmelt streamflow volumes are still expected across the Wind, Snake, Sweetwater, Shoshone and Upper Green watersheds.

April precipitation totals were 150 to 160 percent of average.

 

GAME AND FISH PLANS MEETINGS

(Cheyenne) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public meetings and has opened a comment period to gather input on proposed wildlife damage claims, mountain lion hunting seasons and aquatic species regulations.

One of the meetings will be May 25 at 6 p.m. at the Lander Regional Game and Fish Office.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend one of the meetings or submit written comments online through June 12.

Copies of the proposed regulations are available on the Game and Fish website.