SPOKANE, Wash. — Temperatures around the Inland Northwest are expected to rise to above-average and well above freezing by the start of the spring season, causing some to prepare in advance for flood season.
The National Weather Service warned on Wednesday that impacts will depend on how fast the snow melts.
A recently issued Hydrologic Outlook from NWS says people should move personal items, equipment, and/or livestock out of low lying areas and away from waterways.
Spokane saw the highest recorded snow depth for this late in the winter season, with 16 inches on the ground on March 13. As the heavy snow melts, precautions should be taken to prevent any potential flooding. Officials suggest moving heavy accumulations of snow away from home foundations and ensuring storm drains are working properly and cleared of ice and snow.
Some regions are still seeing frozen ground and soil, preventing some water from soaking into the ground. This could lead to lowland and localized flooding including over roadways and in basements. The National Weather Service also notes, "muddy, slushy roads may be increasingly difficult to travel during this time."
As melting snow continues to cause a rise in area creeks, streams and rivers, residents should be aware of any potential flood risk before a significant warm up occurs.