- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Flood warnings due to potential ice jams that can cause water to rise a foot a minute are in place for communities along four Montana rivers.

The National Weather Service in Billings says warnings are along the Gallatin River near Bozeman, Musselshell River from Harlowton to Roundup, Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River near Billings, and the Tongue River near Miles City.

Meteorologist Todd Chambers, speaking Saturday afternoon, says it will take about 24 to 48 hours for the ice to work its way through the rivers.

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But otherwise he says the threat of flooding is diminishing as about three-fourths of the snow at lower elevations has melted with recent warm weather.

He says melting snow earlier in the week caused lowland flooding in some areas because the ground was frozen and couldn’t absorb the water.

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