Saturday, March 19, 2011

Boise River Will Quadruple Streamflows Monday

Posted By on Sat, Mar 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Spring officially arrives Sunday but winter has no desire to loosen its grip. The National Weather Service is forecasting snow showers through Tuesday with more on the way in the coming week.

To head off any potential flooding, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of engineers plans to release water from Lucky Peak Dam on Monday. As a result, Boise River flows will quadruple to 1,000 cubic feet per second. That's a level typical for late summer.

Officials are looking at full or nearly-full reservoirs and a better-than-average snowpack. Add more precipitation into the mix and the risk of flooding is expected to continue for at least 90 days.

Here is this morning's snowpack report from the National Weather Service. Simply put, the darker the color, the deeper the snow. Maroon indicates 100-plus inches of snow.

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