The 1989 spring flood threat is minimal in Utah, the National Weather Service says.
However, William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office, and Gerald Williams, director of the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center, said Friday that the snow cover in northwestern Utah valleys is above normal for this time of year and snow is dense.Water content in the snow averages about 1.50 to 4 inches, with some high bench areas measuring around 5 inches. With milder temperatures forecast for the weekend and into early next week, some pooling of water in lower areas is likely, the officials said.
Since a Feb. 10 report was issued, another moderate size storm covered northwestern Utah and the Wasatch Mountains. Total precipitation for February is expected to be near to somewhat above normal for many stations in the northwestern Utah and the northern mountains.
Water content in the snowpack is running about normal, with the exception of the Uintas, where it is 75 to 90 percent; 65 to 80 percent in the Oquirrhs-Tooele area; and 60 to 70 percent in the Escalante area.
Snowpack water content is somewhat above normal in a very few northern Utah snow courses. They are Ben Lomond trail, 130 percent, and Parleys Summit and Smith-More-house, 115 percent.