Snow as much as 6650% above normal

Posted at 6:22 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 20:48:40-04

After a series of fall snowstorms, the snow water equivalent is well above normal in Montana's mountains. Some of this snow will melt as it still is early in the snowpack season, but the numbers are impressive. The Sun, Teton and Marias River Basin is 6,650% above normal. That is not a type-O. All of Montana's mountains are several hundred percent to several thousand percent above normal. Please be aware of the potential for deep snow if you are heading up into the mountains this weekend. Snow in the lower elevations will slowly melt through the weekend as high temperatures warm into the 40s and low 50s. Abundant sunshine will also help to melt some of the snow in the valleys and plains. But the mountains will only have highs in the 20s and 30s this weekend so the snow will not melt much. The next storm is weakly organized and it arrives on Monday with a few scattered rain and snow showers. Besides a brief shower, don't expect much impact from that storm. The rest of the week will be fairly quiet with the main weather impact coming from increasing wind later in the week. Toward next weekend another shot of snow is possible for many areas in the state.
Have a great weekend!
Curtis Grevenitz