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Weather saps Wyoming snowpack and flood outlook

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Flood forecasters say a warm, dry spring has sapped Wyoming's mountain snowpack to the point that the state likely won't see the widespread, record flooding that occurred over the past two years.

However, they warn that the state isn't out of the woods yet.

National Weather Service hydrologist Jim Fahey says if any rain should fall on top of the melting snow it could cause local flash flooding on streams and rivers.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that the statewide snowpack is 63 percent of average this week. As a result, the service estimates that the annual runoff this summer is expected to be about 75 percent of average.

But it notes that Wyoming reservoirs are higher than normal because of last year's high runoff.