The threat of spring flooding in Utah is still classified as minimal, National Weather Service officials say.

Heavy snowpack, accumulated during recent months in the Salt Lake Valley, has melted as a result of mild weather conditions during the past two weeks, with only patches of snow still remaining.Mild weather Friday and during the weekend produced moderate rises in streams fed from low-elevation snow, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service, and Gerald Williams, director, Colorado Basin River Forecast Center.

February was a mostly beneficial month for water with precipitation above normal in the Tooele Valley, Utah County and east to the central Wasatch Mountains and the Uintah Basin.

The east-central portion of Utah received above-normal amounts of moisture. Elsewhere, precipitation was below normal. Also, the first few days of March were on the wet side in northern Utah.

Seasonal precipitation statewide runs from about 75 to 85 percent.

Alder and Williams say below-average spring runoff is forecast, with most watershed forecasts ranging from 70 to 90 percent in the north; 50 to 80 percent in the south and 75 to 95 percent in eastern Utah.

The Palmer index, a measurement of soil moisture in the north, indicates a continuing mild drought because of dry conditions during the past year and hot, dry conditions last summer.




Area Percent

Coalville 116

Farmington 108

Pineview Dam 109

Ogden-Pioneer 119

Oquirrh Mtns./

Tooele 65-80

Escalante area 60-70

Ben Lomond Trail 126

Smith-Morhouse 115

Monte Cristo 125

Parleys Summit 104