Flood Potential Outlook
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA
FGUS76 KOTX 170718
National Weather Service Spokane WA
1118 PM PST Mon Jan 16 2017
...Rain and snowmelt may cause localized flooding issues this
A change in the weather pattern this week will bring above
freezing temperatures to much of the region and the potential for
significant rainfall to far eastern Washington and the Idaho
Panhandle. With widespread low elevation snow across the Inland
Northwest, there is the possibility for small stream and urban
flooding with this weather pattern.
Temperatures are expected be above freezing starting Tuesday
evening and continuing through Thursday, with snow levels
potentially rising to 4,000 ft for most of the northern Idaho
Panhandle and northeastern Washington, and above 5,000 ft in
southeast Washington and the central and southern Idaho Panhandle.
While confidence is low on the exact location and amounts of
rainfall, at this time it appears the Idaho Panhandle will receive
the greatest amounts.
The potential impacts from the snowmelt and rainfall runoff
include ponding of water where storm drains or ditches are
clogged with snow and ice, ponding of water in low lying areas
with poor drainage or frozen ground, and possible ice jams on
small creeks that have frozen over.
While no major river flooding is forecast at this time, this is
an evolving forecast and should be monitored regularly for