I know everyone is tired of the ice, snow and cold weather. There is hope on the horizon for much warmer temperatures but it comes with a price. There is the concern that too much warming will cause rapid snow melt, causing creeks and rivers to swell and the potential for ice jams also.
The hydrologist at the National Weather Service is watching the warming weather closely and if you live near a river, creek or stream you should pay attention to rising temperatures.
Here is the statement from the National Weather Service:
HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT 115 PM MST MON MAR 7 2011 ...WARMER TEMPERATURES WILL CONTRIBUTE TO SNOWMELT THIS WEEK AND ELEVATED WATER LEVELS ON CREEKS AND STREAMS... WARMER AIR WILL MOVE BACK OVER THE AREA BEGINNING WEDNESDAY. AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES WILL REACH THE 40S TO LOW 50S ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY BEFORE COOLING TO THE UPPER 30S TO MID 40S BY THE WEEKEND. THIS WILL ALLOW SNOWMELT TO PROCEED FOR SEVERAL DAYS AND WILL LEAD TO RISING WATER LEVELS ON CREEKS AND SMALL STREAMS...AS WELL AS RIVERS RUNNING FASTER. THE WARMER TEMPERATURES MAY ALSO LEAD TO ICE JAMMING. OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL DROP BELOW FREEZING EACH NIGHT...THEREBY HELPING TO SLOW WATER LEVEL RISES. THE SITUATION WILL CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. IN ADDITION...RESIDENTS ALONG RIVERS...STREAMS...AND CREEKS SHOULD MONITOR WATER LEVELS CLOSELY THIS WEEK...AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION IF THESE WATERWAYS EXCEED BANK FULL.