How things play this spring out depends on a number of factors, some of which are related to the snow (e.g., is it dirty from dust storms), some of which are related to the soil (e.g., how saturated they are), and some of which are related to the spring weather. We'll talk about the latter here.
There have been a number of comparisons to 1982-83 when in late May and early June City Creek famously flooded down State Street. The best way to commute to downtown that year was by kayak.
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In 1998, the snowpack peaked in mid-April and then began to decline. So, the peak was lower, as was the rate of snowpack decline, which spanned a period of about 2 months. This is the tale of two springs and what makes streamflow predictions difficult. We have a lot of snow, but how things play out and just how serious the flooding is will depend on the whims of Mother Nature over the next few weeks.
Of course, the snowpack may be a boon for spring skiing. The Lookout Peak snotel near the head of City Creek Canyon is just over 200% of average. I'm thinking this could be a good year to plan a spring corn skiing trip there.