The Methow and Twisp rivers were both running well above normal this week, but that is to be expected, according to a water resources specialist.
“There’s still 170 percent of normal snow at Harts Pass,” said Scott Pattee at the Natural Resources Conservation Service. “There’s still a lot of snow to come off at the high country.”
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood warning for the Methow River through Saturday morning (June 3). Flood stage for the Methow River is 10 feet, and the river was at 9.66 as of Tuesday, according to NWS.
It was forecast to continue to rise to near 10.5 feet by Wednesday evening, but fall below flood stage by Friday as a result of cooler temperatures.
“The high flows will continue longer into the spring,” Pattee said. “Rafting season should extend well past normal.”
“The only ones complaining will be fly fishermen on the Methow because the river is too muddy,” he said.