Melting snowpack and rain will swell rivers later this week
Clark Fork River levels continue to fall and are forecast to stay below 12 feet through Wednesday morning. Levels will start to rise again Wednesday and return to major flood stage (13 feet) by Thursday. The river is expected to crest this weekend at 13.98 feet, just under 14 feet.
FLOOD WARNING continues for the Clark Fork River above Missoula. As of Monday afternoon, the river is sitting at 11.37 feet, which is moderate flood stage.
FLOOD WARNING continues for the Clark Fork River near Plains, the Blackfoot River near Bonner, the Seeley Lake community and Clearwater River.
FLOOD WATCH for the Clark Fork River at Drummond and Plains, the Flathead at Columbia Falls, the Swan near Bigfork and the Yaak near Troy.
Ample sunshine and above normal temperatures can be expected across the region today. Daytime highs will be in the 70s to around 80. These warm temperatures will cause more high elevation snow to melt away. Snowpack levels are still 30%-50% above average for mid-May.
A change in the weather pattern will occur Wednesday, as more widespread showers and thunderstorms occur throughout western Montana. Rain chances continue into Thursday and Friday with high temperatures falling to the 50s and 60s.