Warmer Weather Brings Hazards | Big Horn Basin Media

Warmer Weather Brings Hazards

Written by on March 18, 2019

Weather forecasters say that there may be a downside to the warmer weather we’re expecting this week.

Though it will be mostly dry across the region, the National Weather Service points out that flooding may still become an issue as temperatures rise and snow melts in the next few days.

Due to the fairly rapid increase in temperature, snowmelt and ice jams could cause flooding in low lying areas along the rivers, as the ground is still frozen and unable to absorb water. Experts caution homeowners to clear snow away from storm drains, check that your sump pump is working, and elevate any belongings in your basement if that becomes necessary.

A bridge on the Lower South Fork is still impassable, after it became ice-jammed two weeks ago. The Park County Engineer warns that the bridge’s structural integrity may have been compromised.

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