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Monday
Dec072015

High country snow, rain and potential flooding in Montana forecast

Glacier National Park webcam photo (MISSOULA)- Wet, warm weather has began pounding Montana, increasing the potential for heavy mountain snow, flooding and rockslides. 

The moisture is coming from the "atmospheric river", which is combing the Northwest with strong, wet surges of moisture through mid-week. 

The incoming storms brought heavy, wet snow to the higher elevations Monday afternoon and evening. Several inches of new snow brought a return to winter driving conditions on the Western Montana passes through the evening, with chains required for towing units over  Lookout Pass. Lost Trail and Lolo passes were also receiving heavy snow. 

Meanwhile, emergency service agencies in Northwest Montana were gearing up for 1 to 4-inches of heavy rain, which could bring flooding, and rock and mudslides in the valleys. 

Temperatures are going to be 10-to-20 degrees above average through the middle of the week. 

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