MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Spring flooding in parts of Montana has receded, but forecasters warn it’s a temporary reprieve as warm temperatures melt the snowpack at higher elevations.
The National Weather Service has issued warnings and advisories through the weekend for parts of western, central and northern Montana.
Weather service meteorologist Genki Kino tells Montana Public Radio that “the real runoff hasn’t really even begun yet.”
Temperatures in the 70s starting Friday will cause more snowmelt in the already swollen upper Clark Fork River. The Bitterroot River also is expected to flood next week.
In central Montana, high-elevation snowmelt is expected to cause streams to rise near Helena, Wolf Creek, Augusta, Lincoln and in Meagher County.
In northern Montana, the Milk River is receding except between Tampico and Glasgow. That stretch is expected to see moderate flooding into next week.