Flooding in Northern Rockies expected to start this week

A warming trend later this week is expected to increase snowpack runoff and likely cause small stream flooding by Friday.

The Daily Inter Lake has the story . . .

The National Weather Service expects mountain snowpack to begin melting at a more rapid rate beginning Wednesday and extending through Friday, according to a weather outlook released Saturday afternoon.

A ridge of high pressure is forecast to bring warmer air to the Northern Rockies, increasing the likelihood that small streams and creeks will spill out of their banks by Friday.

The warmer weather system is expected to come on the heels of persistent rain and snowfall today and Monday at elevations above 6,000 feet, where snow levels are already well above historic averages.

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