7 hours 19 minutes ago
Rapid snowmelt from milder temperatures and rainfall has resulted in small stream and low land flooding in many areas. The frozen ground and ice clogged culverts aren't accepting the runoff. That is resulting in standing water in fields, water flowing down and across streets and roads, and ditches are filling in some locations. Smaller creeks and streams will react more quickly to rising waters and potentially cause more expansive flooding with ice jams as they move into larger waterways. There continues to be an increasing risk of ice jams and snowmelt causing flooding along creeks and rivers through early next week due to warming temperatures. Cooler temperatures today will slow melting, and reduce flooding. A few showers will develop today with highs in the 30s and low 40s. Winds increase from Livingston to Billings tonight, keeping that area at least breezy Saturday. Highs will be mainly 45-55 tomorrow. Winds increase, and along with a high pressure ridge on Sunday, highs will be mainly in the 50s despite some cloudiness. Billings Forecast: Today: 30% Chance of scattered snow showers before noon with early morning patchy fog, then a slight chance of rain showers. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Southwest wind around 15 mph. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 52. West southwest wind 10 to 25 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph. Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.
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