Flood forecasts revised
A flood warning is still in effect for the Okanogan and Stehekin rivers, but forecasters now believe the rivers won’t rise as high as previously predicted.
That’s because there’s not quite as much snow in the mountains as believed, and unseasonably high temperatures aren’t likely to last quite as long, said Katherine Rowden, hydrologist for the National Weather Service.
Temperatures in Wenatchee will be in the low 90s today and Saturday, but should be 10 degrees cooler on Sunday, and 20 degrees cooler by Monday, when a high of 72 degrees is forecast.
Rowden said the river level numbers will continue to be revised, and the higher flood levels could still be reached.
Currently, the Stehekin River is predicted to rise to 24.1 feet by Monday, just over flood stage. The river was at 23.4 feet this morning.
The Okanogan River did exceed its 15-foot flood level on Thursday, but is no longer expected to exceed 17.5 feet, when levees and homes along the river would be threatened.
Other rivers throughout the region are high, but not expected to flood. The Entiat River near Ardenvoir was at 5.86 feet this morning, and is expected to crest at 6.4 feet on Saturday. The Methow River near Pateros is at just over 8 feet, and was forecast to reach 8.5 feet by this afternoon, well below its flood stage of 10 feet, the Weather Service reported.