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Montana temperatures to soar mid-week

Rivers will continue to run high this week- Dennis Bragg photo(MISSOULA)- After more thunderstorms rumbled across the Northern Rockies to finish the weekend, forecasters are expecting a dramatic rise, and then fall, in temperatures this first full week in June. 

While the northern half of the state was waking up to cloudy skies Monday morning, conditions were rapidly clearing across Southwest and West Central Montana, with highs expected to rebound into the mid to upper 70s. 

But the more dramatic change is still to come.

Forecasts are for many locations, especially in the Western Montana valleys, to climb back into the low-to-mid 80s Tuesday, and then top 90-degrees for the first time this year on Wednesday. That's expected to release some more significant runoff from snowmelt, with rivers and streams experiencing more high water this week. 

The heat wave won't last however. By the second half of the week, thunderstorms will develop and weekend highs are only expected to be in the upper 50s with showers Saturday and Sunday. 


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. 


Flooding ruins tons of Montana hay

Virgil Vaupel photos via KRTV(GREAT FALLS)- Farmers in North Central Montana are tallying up the damages after losing tons of hay to recent wet weather and flooding. 

KRTV reports as many as 9-thousand bails might have been lost to the flooding that's happened in recent stretches of stormy weather. And as many as 25-square miles are still submerged. 

Unseasonable rains, combined with some thunderstorms, hail and high winds have continued to sweep across the northern half of the state this week. 


High water forcing some fishing access to close 

The Bitterroot is among the rivers starting to flood with the warmer weather(MISSOULA)- High water getting into roads and parking areas is forcing Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to close, or restrict access to several popular fishing access areas on the Blackfoot and Bitterroot rivers. 

Although the rivers are still below their actual flood stages, some water has started to get over the banks and into the boat launches and parking areas. And more flooding is possible later this week as temperatures warm back up. 

FWP announced this afternoon access areas on the Bitterroot with restrictions and closures include Darby Bridge, Woodside Bridge, Bell Crossing, lower portions of the Florence Bridge and the campground portion of Hannon Memorial. 

Because of the safety closure at Woodside, Angler's Roost is the last takeout spot on the upper Bitterroot. Demmons FAS is available for carry-in boats. Blodgett Park, Veteran's Bridge and other sites not managed by FWP may also be closed because of the high water. 

On the Blackfoot, FWP has imposed a partial closure at the Harry Morgan fishing access site. The boat ramp and campground are closed but people can use the upper parking area and still walk down the river. 


Warming temps could spark Montana flooding this week

NWS graphic (MISSOULA)- With a few exceptions, Montana has been fairly lucky this spring, as warming temperatures have been countered by a return to colder weather several times in recent weeks.

But now the National Weather Service is warning a week full of above average readings could finally start the spring thaw, and flooding in earnest. 

After snow and cold weather moved across the state over the weekend, building high pressure brought a return to 60-degree readings in some areas Monday. Libby hit a high of 66-degrees. 

And forecasters say temperatures could press the 80-degree mark before the end of the week, resulting in more snowmelt and a rise water levels on smaller streams and creeks. With the warm spell lasting through the end of the week, NWS believes the state's main rivers could see increasing water levels by Friday. 

At least at this point, we aren't seeing a "spike" in temperatures like we've had some years in May, where readings could pop above 90-degrees.