Matanuska Valley Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 2:33 PM AKDT on June 29, 2016

...Widespread heavy rain coming to southcentral Alaska...

Unusually widespread heavy rain will move into portions of southcentral Alaska on Thursday...impacting driving conditions...outdoor activities...and resulting in rises on rivers and streams. No significant flooding is expected at this time.

Confidence is high that the Copper River basin and mat-su valleys will see the highest rainfall totals...with the Matanuska river likely seeing the highest water levels of the Summer so far. Other rivers north of Anchorage will also see significant water level increases. Lesser but still noteworthy rainfall totals and associated river rises will occur around the Anchorage area and the northern Kenai Peninsula. Anchorage area drivers should be prepared for localized ponding of water on roadways and bike paths.

.Kenai Lake and Kenai River...

Water levels on Kenai Lake and the upper Kenai River remain high. No widespread flooding is expected at this time...however water will be high through the Fourth of July weekend. In the last 24 hours the upper river has crested...with the Cooper Landing river gauge having dropped about 2 inches since yesterday. The upcoming rainfall will likely reverse this trend and result in an additional rise in the river. There is likely still some water across the access Road to Primrose campground...located at the south end of Kenai Lake. Recent reports from the Kenai Keys area indicate the river is bankfull in this area with ponding of water in low lying areas adjacent to the river.

Meanwhile...a recent overflight of the Skilak Glacier-dammed lake in the Kenai Mountains has confirmed that the lake level remains high and has not released. The NWS has no indication that a release is imminent...but will continue to closely monitor this situation and will update this statement as necessary.

Those with interests on or along the Kenai River and near the Primrose campground should monitor this situation closely and prepare now for the possibility of continued rising water levels.

The latest forecast and observations are always available at www.Weather.Gov/aprfc

233 PM akdt Wed Jun 29 2016

...Widespread heavy rain coming to southcentral Alaska...

Unusually widespread heavy rain will move into portions of southcentral Alaska on Thursday...impacting driving conditions...outdoor activities...and resulting in rises on rivers and streams. No significant flooding is expected at this time.

Confidence is high that the Copper River basin and mat-su valleys will see the highest rainfall totals...with the Matanuska river likely seeing the highest water levels of the Summer so far. Other rivers north of Anchorage will also see significant water level increases. Lesser but still noteworthy rainfall totals and associated river rises will occur around the Anchorage area and the northern Kenai Peninsula. Anchorage area drivers should be prepared for localized ponding of water on roadways and bike paths.

.Kenai Lake and Kenai River...

Water levels on Kenai Lake and the upper Kenai River remain high. No widespread flooding is expected at this time...however water will be high through the Fourth of July weekend. In the last 24 hours the upper river has crested...with the Cooper Landing river gauge having dropped about 2 inches since yesterday. The upcoming rainfall will likely reverse this trend and result in an additional rise in the river. There is likely still some water across the access Road to Primrose campground...located at the south end of Kenai Lake. Recent reports from the Kenai Keys area indicate the river is bankfull in this area with ponding of water in low lying areas adjacent to the river.

Meanwhile...a recent overflight of the Skilak Glacier-dammed lake in the Kenai Mountains has confirmed that the lake level remains high and has not released. The NWS has no indication that a release is imminent...but will continue to closely monitor this situation and will update this statement as necessary.

Those with interests on or along the Kenai River and near the Primrose campground should monitor this situation closely and prepare now for the possibility of continued rising water levels.

The latest forecast and observations are always available at www.Weather.Gov/aprfc

233 PM akdt Wed Jun 29 2016

...Widespread heavy rain coming to southcentral Alaska...

Unusually widespread heavy rain will move into portions of southcentral Alaska on Thursday...impacting driving conditions...outdoor activities...and resulting in rises on rivers and streams. No significant flooding is expected at this time.

Confidence is high that the Copper River basin and mat-su valleys will see the highest rainfall totals...with the Matanuska river likely seeing the highest water levels of the Summer so far. Other rivers north of Anchorage will also see significant water level increases. Lesser but still noteworthy rainfall totals and associated river rises will occur around the Anchorage area and the northern Kenai Peninsula. Anchorage area drivers should be prepared for localized ponding of water on roadways and bike paths.

.Kenai Lake and Kenai River...

Water levels on Kenai Lake and the upper Kenai River remain high. No widespread flooding is expected at this time...however water will be high through the Fourth of July weekend. In the last 24 hours the upper river has crested...with the Cooper Landing river gauge having dropped about 2 inches since yesterday. The upcoming rainfall will likely reverse this trend and result in an additional rise in the river. There is likely still some water across the access Road to Primrose campground...located at the south end of Kenai Lake. Recent reports from the Kenai Keys area indicate the river is bankfull in this area with ponding of water in low lying areas adjacent to the river.

Meanwhile...a recent overflight of the Skilak Glacier-dammed lake in the Kenai Mountains has confirmed that the lake level remains high and has not released. The NWS has no indication that a release is imminent...but will continue to closely monitor this situation and will update this statement as necessary.

Those with interests on or along the Kenai River and near the Primrose campground should monitor this situation closely and prepare now for the possibility of continued rising water levels.

The latest forecast and observations are always available at www.Weather.Gov/aprfc

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