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ICE JAM 1-20-13 LMS



The Sunday morning report from the National Weather Service in Missoula is as follows:

SALMON RIVER ICE JAM CONTINUES TO GROW CAUSING CONCERN FOR FLOODING

VERY COLD TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST TO PERSIST THROUGH TUESDAY.

OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES IN SALMON THE LAST FOUR NIGHTS HAVE BEEN -9 TO -11 DEGREES AND ARE FORECAST TO REMAIN IN THE 0 TO -11 DEGREE RANGE THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

AS OF FRIDAY MORNING, THE ICE JAM WAS OBSERVED 4 MILES NORTH OF THE TOWN OF SALMON. THIS ICE JAM IS EXPECTED TO EXPAND AND POSSIBLY REACH THE TOWN OF SALMON BY MONDAY.

WATER FLOWING DOWN THE SALMON RIVER MAY BEGIN BACKING UP BEHIND SECTIONS OF THE ICE JAM IN THE BIG FLAT AND CARMEN AREA AND COULD BEGIN TO APPROACH AND POSSIBLY FLOOD ROADS AND RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

The latest weather forecast is for a slow warming trend to begin the end of this week and into next weekend. Slow warming is the best way to open channels in the ice a little at a time making a gradual release of trapped water possible.

Residents, especially along river and stream banks, are asked to remain alert to the ice jam conditions.






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