The National Weather Service says that warm temperatures are expected Friday and Saturday which will enhance snowmelt in the mountains and cause another increase of flows into area waterways this weekend.
Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the region Saturday and Sunday may also add additional water locally. Many waterways could reach rise by Saturday afternoon or Sunday with minor flooding possible.
Unpaved roads may suddenly be covered in water, becoming muddy and impassable.
Cooler temperatures are expected earlier next week which will help slow the snowmelt.
The Weather Service warns, “All people in the mountains and foothills this weekend should be prepared for changing conditions and use extreme caution when near waterways. Flows will be fast, and the water is cold.”
During active snowmelt runoff, mountain and foothill creeks water flow is highest from late evening through early morning, because water from melted high elevation snow takes several hours to flow downhill.
Those recreating outdoors should stay away from cold, fast-moving streams and avoid camping near any waterway. Do not attempt to cross a creek or stream on foot as the power of the water can easily carry you downstream.