Watch out: rivers will be high this weekend

Clark Fork river in Missoula

Clark Fork river in Missoula

Our warm temperatures are forecast to last through the weekend, and that means rivers and streams will continue to quickly rise. LeeAnn Allegretto of the National Weather Service says the biggest flooding threat currently is in Lincoln and Flathead counties.

“Right now the only river that may reach flood stage is the Yaak river near Troy,” said Allegretto.”But the Flathead river and all its branches will also see dramatic rises.”

A warm weekend makes it tempting to want to get out onto the rivers, but Allegretto recommends resisting the temptation.

“The average temperature of rivers in western Montana right now is below 50 degrees,” said Allegretto.”It could pose problems if you get into trouble.”

A strong cold front is expected to move into western Montana by Monday evening, dropping temperatures back down into the 60’s.