The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Bitterroot River as it flows through Missoula.

Director of the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management, Adriane Beck said that flooding has occurred on the Clark Fork River, and the river is expected to continue rising through the weekend.

A Missoula man is in the Missoula County Jail charged with aggravated assault and felony strangulation after allegedly punching and strangling a woman and a teenage boy.

Showers and possible thunderstorms expected in western Montana today, with highs in the low 70's.