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Warming temps could spark Montana flooding this week

NWS graphic (MISSOULA)- With a few exceptions, Montana has been fairly lucky this spring, as warming temperatures have been countered by a return to colder weather several times in recent weeks.

But now the National Weather Service is warning a week full of above average readings could finally start the spring thaw, and flooding in earnest. 

After snow and cold weather moved across the state over the weekend, building high pressure brought a return to 60-degree readings in some areas Monday. Libby hit a high of 66-degrees. 

And forecasters say temperatures could press the 80-degree mark before the end of the week, resulting in more snowmelt and a rise water levels on smaller streams and creeks. With the warm spell lasting through the end of the week, NWS believes the state's main rivers could see increasing water levels by Friday. 

At least at this point, we aren't seeing a "spike" in temperatures like we've had some years in May, where readings could pop above 90-degrees. 


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