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Officials Note Hydrology Concerns Through April

The National Weather Service in Glasgow announces that there are increased probabilities for ice jams and area flooding during the next few weeks as temperatures rise.

A report released on Friday, March 24, noted that is not an immediate concern, but that can change over the next few weeks into April.

The following conditions could be experienced: * As temperatures gradually warm over the next couple of weeks, expect increasing hydrology concerns across northeastern Montana.

* Given the decent snow cover this season north of the Missouri River, major rivers as well as creeks and streams need to be monitored for water rises as snow melts. Ice jams are also a concern.

* While locations along and north of the Missouri River have particularly high risk for flood potential this year, officials will be monitoring all of northeastern Montana closely.

* Any sudden warmups or significant precipitation events this spring could rapidly increase the probability for flooding.

Experts note that temperatures will gradually warm in the upcoming weeks and that leads to increased hydrology concerns. The probability for river ice jam flooding will increase in the weeks ahead as ice breaks up due to the warmer weather.

Currently, officials have particular concerns along the Missouri River and points north. Increased risks are expected for flooding between Saco and Glasgow. North to south creeks that feed into the Milk and Missouri will be at higher risk for flooding. Beaver, Whitewater, Frenchman, Big Muddy, Rock, Cherry, Poplar, among others are several creeks of concern as we head into April.

The confluence of the Yellowstone River with the Missouri is currently iced over, but expect ice jam flooding potential to increase in the weeks ahead. Flooding from ice jams will be the main concern along the Yellowstone River.

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