The Gallatin River experienced an ice jam earlier this week and officials are saying that with more cold temps and snow expected for the area, it could happen again. In fact, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for ice jam flooding on the Gallatin River between Big Sky and Gallatin Gateway.

The advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Saturday. This blockage has recently opened up allowing water to flow more freely, however it is very possible the river will become blocked again.

People down river of Big Sky who are near the river should utilize caution and stay clear of the river channel. Ice jams are capable of quickly breaching which results in a sudden release of water and debris that can be dangerous to those in the way. Recreational users are encouraged to stay clear of the river channel and utilize caution when in the area.

To report flooding, have the nearest law enforcement agency relay your report to the National Weather Service forecast office.