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Flooding in Missoula along the north end of Tower Street, May 7, 2018.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

The Clark Fork River above Missoula tipped just above flood stage this week. The National Weather Service says it reached 7.6 feet Monday. Minor flood stage is 7.5 feet.

Montana Drought Status by County, April 2019
Montana Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee

Most of Montana is not showing signs of drought, but there are a few noteworthy exceptions.

Experts aren’t worried about widespread drought conditions this spring in Montana. But the governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee was told in Helena Wednesday that there are a handful of parched areas.

Temperatures will be slowly increasing in the Northern Rockies, starting this Friday and lasting through the first half of next week, with highs reaching the upper 40s to low 50s across much of north central Idaho and western Montana. March 13, 2019.
NWS Missoula

While a blizzard slammed parts of southeast Montana Wednesday, it seems winter weather is finally giving way to spring-like conditions west of the divide.

National Weather Service Missoula says spring runoff season is just about to start in earnest. 

Marty Whitmore is the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Missoula.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Marty Whitmore, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Missoula, joined MTPR's Michael Marsolek to give a big-picture view of the recent weather patterns impacting Montana.

Whitmore explains the differences between weather watches, weather alerts and weather warnings, and talks about how the National Weather Service works.

Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecast For Western Montana
National Weather Service Missoula

Missoula National Weather Service Meteorologist Corby Dickerson sums up Montana’s winter of 2018/2019 this way.

"We started off the winter a little slow, then we accelerated. And then this month of February, historic in many ways, has been like we just slammed on the gas pedal and said, 'What spring? What mid-winter thaw?'.

Snow plow. Stock photo.
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Another blast of winter weather was expected to drop up to 8 inches of fresh powder in parts of the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys by Wednesday evening. This just two days after a powerful winter storm buried Hamilton and Stevensville in up to 2 feet of snow.

Montana Residents Dig Out As Storm Shuts Down Highways

Feb 26, 2019
Snow falling in Missoula, Feb. 25, 2019.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Residents in western Montana dug out from more than 2 feet of snow Tuesday as a winter storm pounded the southern part of the state, closing major roadways and prompting backcountry avalanche warnings.

Missoula set a new daily snowfall record with 8.6 inches (22 centimeters) on Monday, breaking a mark that had stood since 1917.

Heavy snow will continue this week across north central Idaho into west central Montana, bringing blowing snow, low visibility, and treacherous driving conditions.
National Weather Service Missoula

The winter storm dumping and blowing snow across much of western Montana is forcing school closures and creating severe driving conditions.

National Weather Service Missoula issued a telling tweet Monday afternoon.

"It looks like #spring has been cancelled until further notice."

The National Weather Service in Missoula reports a series of snowy weather systems will shift into the region this weekend.
National Weather Service Missoula

Winter refuses to loosen its grip on western Montana. The National Weather Service in Missoula reports a series of snowy weather systems will shift into the region this weekend.

Meteorologist Ryan Leach says only a few scattered snow showers are forecast for late Friday through Saturday. That’s expected to dramatically change starting Sunday.

National Weather Service headquarters in Missoula, Montana.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

A blast of arctic air is barreling down on the Northern Rockies. Some snow and blowing snow is in the forecast, but meteorologist Alex Lukinbeal says the system’s biggest threat comes in the form of bitter cold temperatures.

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