Montana’s Flood Season Currently Cresting

Posted at 6:37 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 14:56:03-04

The latest spring storm combined with continued snowmelt is creating this current round of flooding.  While thunderstorms struck the last few days, and most of Montana was washed with a steady rain on Friday, flood waters are not as high as they were last week.  Rain water and melting snow will drain down through the rivers, creeks and streams tonight into Saturday.  Flooding will still need to be watched, especially the areas that have already flooded.  However, fewer areas are under flood watches, advisories, and warnings.  This is a sign of a slow improvement and receding of flood water.  Light rain and higher mountain snow will continue Friday night into Saturday morning.  Much of Montana will have mostly cloudy skies on Saturday, but rain will be light and limited in coverage.  Saturday will be a drier day than Friday, but clouds will stick around for most of the day.  Highs will be in the 50s and 60s.  Skies will clear out Saturday night, and Sunday will start out nice, sunny and warm.  Highs will warm into the 60s and 70s.  A few thunderstorms will pop in the western mountains through the afternoon.  A heavy downpour could quickly flood an area given that the ground is saturated.  Thunderstorms with the likelihood of spotty heavy rains will continue to be scattered over the state Tuesday through Thursday of next week.  While the worst of the flooding may be behind us, flooding is still something to be watched closely with the stormy pattern through most of next week.

Have a great weekend.

Curtis Grevenitz