If you are tired of cold weather, relief is in sight!

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.

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