May 22, 2014 6:59 AM by Courtney Olish - StormTracker Weather
MISSOULA - Temperatures today will soar well into the 70s and 80s across western Montana making for the warmest day of the week!
High pressure will remain over the Northern Rockies through Friday bringing warm temperatures, light wind, and a few passing clouds.
Look for a slight cool down this weekend as a weak Pacific storm system moves into the region. Showers and thunderstorms will become more common starting Friday afternoon with continuing this weekend.
Look for partly cloudy skies on Memorial Day with a decent chance of some strong afternoon thunderstorms.
All of this warm weather will continue to increase snow melt through this coming weekend.
The Bitterroot River appears to be the first real flood threat of the season. Right now a Flood Watch is in effect through Saturday for the Bitterroot Rover in Missoula and Ravalli County. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on the current forecasts.
Although not under a Flood Watch, the Flathead River at Columbia Falls is forecast to peak at 13.03' (with a flood stage of 13') by Sunday morning, too.
Regardless of location, keep an eye on our rivers and streams - everything is running high and fast. Stay safe!
Starting next week temperatures slowly start to trend back down hopefully reducing snow melt and decreasing the flood concern.