Snowpack grows across Montana after dry November

Snowpack grows across Montana after dry November

News Type: State Source: Billings Gazette
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After a dry November, snowfall picked up in the second half of December in Montana, bringing mountain snowpack closer to normal in much of the state.

The exception has been southwest Montana, where snowpack in the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin river basins remains below normal, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. That dry area is also found in north-central Wyoming’s Bighorn, Tongue and Powder river drainages.

“The weather over the final two weeks of December was more active, and storms before the new year began helped to build the mountain snowpack and stop the decline in percentages,” said Lucas Zukiewicz, NRCS water supply specialist in Montana.