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DAILY FORECAST: Portneuf River nearing flood stage

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The Portneuf River in Pocatello measuring at 8 feet. | Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com

IDAHO FALLS — The flood warning for the Portneuf River in Pocatello continues for Friday, March 17.

As of noon Thursday, the river had risen to 8 feet. Flooding will begin when the river crests 8.5 feet. Minor flooding is forecast through the weekend. National Weather Service officials say when the river reaches 9.4 feet water will encroach around sitting benches near the river at the Pacific Recycling Trailhead.

Flood advisories, which mean flooding is imminent or already occurring, have been issued in the following counties: Oneida, Blaine, Bingham, Bear Lake, Caribou and Minidoka.

NWS reports snow melt is causing flooding on U.S. Route 191 north of Malad between Devils Creek Reservoir and Power House Road. High temperatures in the 60s may cause additional road flooding in the area.

There is minor flooding of roads in and around Aberdeen, Springfield, Moreland, Pingree, Taber, Sterling, Dingle, and Pegram. Some roads are closed while others just have water on them.

Flooded fields are being reported near Idaho Highway 34 in Caribou County due to snow melt.

Fewer areas are now under a flood watch, but the alert remains in effect until late Friday for the following cities: Burley, Rupert, Heyburn, St. Anthony, Ashton, Island Park, Driggs, Victor, Pocatello, Malad City, Oakley, Rockland, Henry, Soda Springs, Downey, Lava Hot Springs, Preston, Montpelier, Hailey, Ketchum, and Bellevue.

No major road closures are being reported as of 8 a.m. Friday.

SEE YOUR COMPLETE EASTIDAHONEWS.COM 10-DAY FORECAST HERE

Idaho Falls and Rexburg

It’ll be sunny Friday with highs of 51 to 60 degrees. Winds of 10 mph will increase slightly in the evening. At night it will be partly cloudy with lows of 33 to 40 degrees.

Pocatello and Blackfoot

It will be warm and sunny Friday with highs of 56 to 66 degrees. East winds of 10 mph will shift to south winds during the evening and increase to between 10 and 15 mph. At night it will be partly cloudy with lows of 34 to 43 degrees.

St. Anthony, Ashton, Island Park, Driggs, and Victor

The Upper Valley and Teton Valley will be sunny Friday with highs of 47 to 56 degrees. During the night it will be partly cloudy with lows of 32 to 39 degrees.

Arco, Challis, and Mackay

It will be sunny throughout Friday with highs of 46 to 56 degrees. At night clouds will roll in bringing a chance of rain and snow after midnight. Lows of 32 to 39 are expected.

Henry, Soda Springs, Downey, and Lava Hot Springs

It will be sunny Friday with highs of 52 to 62 degrees. During the night it will be partly cloudy with lows of 32 to 42 degrees.

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