Flash flood alerts are in effect for the mountainous regions of the West.

What makes this situation dangerous is that it's not raining anywhere, and the weather is ideal for camping and hiking.

The problem hinges on the current exceptional warmth which is causing rapid snowmelt. All this water is cascading down the mountains turning small streams into raging currents. Even more dangerous are the mountainside dry ravines that can suddenly fill up with quickly flowing water.

The rapid snowmelt and potential for flash flooding will continue in the mountain West through Thursday.

Story by AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.