Snowpack strong early in the season

Thursday, January 12, 2023
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Early and big snowstorms in November and December have started out this winter’s snowpack strong.

In Columbus, December brought 19.2 inches of snow — 10 inches more than normal, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). In November, Columbus recorded 9.4 inches of snow, which was 3.5 inches more than normal.

The first 10 days of January have seen only a trace amount of snow, which is down from the normal amount of 2.4 inches at this point in the month.

As of Jan. 10, state snowpack percentages are as follows, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS):

•Upper Yellowstone River Basin: 102 percent of normal

•Yellowstone River Basin at Glendive: 105 percent of normal

•Missouri River at Fort Peck: 113 percent of normal

•Flathead River Basin: 105 percent of normal

•Upper Clark Fork River Basin: 89 percent of normal

•Lower Clark Fork River Basin: 97 percent of normal

•Bitterroot River Basin: 90 percent of normal

•Jefferson River Basin:106 percent of normal

•Madison River Basin: 128 percent of normal

•Gallatin River Basin: 112 percent of normal

•Helena Valley River Basin: 105 percent of normal

•Smith/Judith/Musselshell River Basins: 117 percent of normal