Emergency responders and residents living near creeks, ditches and storm water drains will be keeping a close eye on this coming weekend's rainfall and snowmelt—particularly in Washington County where the Weiser River is expected to crest just below flood stage in the evening hours of Saturday, Feb. 7. The National Weather Service says some of the region's mainstem rivers will experience significant rises, but should remain below flood level as on-again, off-again showers are expected to dominate the forecast into the first part of next week.
Meanwhile, a winter storm warning is in effect for elevations above 7,500 feet in the Sawtooths and mountains surrounding the Wood River Basin. The warning is in effect until early Sunday, Feb. 8. The National Weather Service says the winter storm will shift its focus from the Central Idaho Mountains to the mountains of the Idaho/Wyoming border by Sunday. The storm is expected to bring large amounts of rainfall and as much as 2 feet of new snow to the Central Idaho mountains.