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Spring Floods Taking Their Toll on Montana

Posted at 7:05 PM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:02:40-04

This is a perfect example of “Turn Around Don’t Drown”.  A culvert off the road under the muddy water swallowed up this full size truck.  The water didn’t look deep but it was.  Flooding continues to impact areas east and west of the Continental Divide.  Warmer temperatures on Tuesday accelerated the snowmelt.  Now, thunderstorms and a stormy pattern with rain will only create more flooding.  This situation will need to be followed closely as flooding will likely continue through the month, and it could get worse than it already is.  Wednesday a strong storm system will move into western Montana with thunderstorms likely in the afternoon and evening.  Some storms could be severe with damaging wind and large hail.  ‘Tis the season.  Heavy rain could quickly raise the flood waters.  Highs will be in the 60s and 70s.  Thursday will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms across the state.  Friday, colder air will be drawn into the storm.  Snow levels will lower to possibly below 5000’.  Mountain passes could have a slushy accumulation.  A chilly rain will fall over the lower elevations.  Rain and mountain snow will continue into Saturday.  Between Wednesday and Saturday, between 0.50-1.50″ of rain will fall which does not bode well for the flooding.  Sunday into early next week will be dry, but warmer temperatures will continue to melt down the mountain snowpack.  Buckle up, this will continue to be a water-logged stretch through Montana.

Curtis Grevenitz