UNION COUNTY:  The thaw could raise water flow

UNION COUNTY: The thaw could raise water flow

While the ground will start to thaw with warmer temperatures that will increase snowmelt across much of eastern Oregon. The increased runoff from the snowmelt will fill small ditches and storm drain. There could be local areas of lowland flooding, water over roads and basement flooding. Water flowing into creeks and streams will increase as well, both in the lower elevations and in the mountains with streams and creeks becoming full. If you travel in the higher elevations, some of the roads could be muddy or slushy. Impacts will depend on how fast the snow melts. Currently, the warmup is expected to be gradual with daytime melting and then slowing overnight as overnight lows cool to near freezing.