Gradually-warming daytime temperatures followed by night-time temperatures just below freezing means the snowpack has been trickling away, an ideal condition to limit flood concerns.

National Weather Service Hydrologist Craig Schmidt said that can change quickly, though, and, “Our worst case, or ones that would get us to the highest levels, would be an extended period of very warm wet weather. Temperatures in the 50s and 60s during the day, lows in the 40s.”

Schmidt added that any rain event can drastically accelerate the snowmelt and push water levels closer to flood stage statewide and the, “Main message there is really keep an eye on the forecast headed into the middle of next week; the 28th to the 30th especially.”

Early this week models pointed to the high potential for rivers and streams statewide to reach or exceed flood stage.