Temperatures over the three-day, Fourth of July holiday are expected to be in the mid 80s to around 90 degrees in lower elevations east of the divide, 75 to 85 in the far west valleys, and 60 to 75 in the mountains. These warm temperatures will continue to melt high elevation snow and feed water to mountain creeks and streams. Therefore, water levels will remain elevated on rivers, creeks, and streams through the early part of July. Watersheds of the western Bighorn Mountains and the eastern Wind River Range will be particularly susceptible to the elevated flows.
|Expected High Temperatures on Sunday|
Remember, never play or swim in flood waters or attempt to cross swollen waters on foot. The water will be swift and cold, and will frequently contain debris such as floating logs. Parents and caregivers should keep an alert eye to toddlers and younger children who may be drawn to water. Campers are strongly encouraged to choose campsites away from and uphill of rivers, creeks, and streams. Water levels from melting snow typically crest during the early morning hours in the mountains and foothills. The timing of these high water levels gives little advance notice to flooding as campers are typically asleep.
Trails above 9,000 feet will likely be muddy or still snow-covered depending upon canopy coverage, aspect, and which mountain range you are hiking. The safety of several mountain roads, including paved highways and gravel roads, has been compromised this spring and early summer due to wet soils. Mud and rock slides along with eroding road surfaces have been more common this year than in the past. So, be careful if you plan on doing some backcountry driving.
Also, if you plan to recreate outdoors this holiday weekend, sunscreen and hydration with water are a must. In the high elevations of Wyoming it doesn’t take long for sunburn and dehydration to occur, especially when boating or hiking.
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Some of the rivers we are watching are:
The Big and Little Wind Rivers:
(click on the graph for more information on that particular gauge, including flooding impacts at the selected location)
Rivers in Park County and in the Bighorn Basin:
Other gauged rivers and creeks at or near bankfull: