“Significant Rain Event” Expected This Weekend
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 15, 2018
Residents along the North and South Fork of the Shoshone River as well as the Crandall area are warned that the National Weather Service is predicting a significant rain event for this weekend across the Absaroka Mountains, including northwest Wyoming.
Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected in the high country, especially in the Sunday through Tuesday time period, but local amounts could reach 3 inches. The highest amounts are expected in the northern Wind River Mountains northward through the Absaroka Range.
Given the current situation in Crandall and with all the rain projected for this weekend, Weather Service officials say it is possible residents will see increased activity on the current slides on Squaw Creek and the Chief Joseph Highway, as well as another possible slide event, the location and magnitude of which is unknown at this time. The Park County Sheriff’s Office and National Forest Service advises residents and visitors in these areas to be aware of the possibility of continued weather events and take appropriate precautions.
In addition to the possible slides in Crandall, low-lying areas along the North and South Forks of the Shoshone River could see scattered isolated flooding. And with the anticipated rainfall, the current forest service road and trail conditions may change rapidly.
A public meeting is being planned at the Painter’s Store on Friday, June 29th to address landowners’ concerns.