Major flooding possible along the Jefferson River

    Major flooding possible along the Jefferson River

    The Clark Fork River in Missoula continues to fall more than expected. It hovering around 10.75 feet this morning. It remain in minor flood stage through Tuesday, but return to moderate flood stage Wednesday. It is forecast to rise to above 12 feet by Thursday and Friday. This is due to well above average temperatures melting high elevation snow.

    FLOOD WARNING continues for the Clark Fork River from Missoula to Plains, as well as the Big Hole River near Melrose where minor flooding is occurring.

    Most area rivers will rise significantly as we head into the middle and later part of the week, We area expecting rivers to crest around Friday. The following rivers are expecting to crest in minor flood stage: Bitterroot River near Darby, Victor, and Missoula, Flathead River near Columbia Falls, Gallatin River near Gallatin Gateway, the Clark Fork River near Plains.

    The following rivers are expected to crest at moderate flood stage: The Clark Fork River above Missoula, the Big Hole river near Melrose.

    The Jefferson River near Three forks is expected to hit major flood stage by Friday. Major flood stage is 9 feet, and the forecasted crest is 9.2 feet.

    Partly to mostly cloudy skies today with highs in the low to mid 70s. Showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop across western Montana during the afternoon and evening.

    Unsettled weather will continue through the week with a daily threat of afternoon showers possible Tuesday through Thursday. High temperatures will be warm, in the mid to upper 70s for Missoula and Kalispell while Butte and Bozeman will be in the upper 60s to low 70s.

    By the weekend, high pressure moves in and high temperatures may reach into the 80s.

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