Healthy snowpack reported in parts of Montana

Healthy Snowpack
Posted at 2:17 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 16:19:43-05

The past three weeks of cooler and snowier weather have helped the snowpack in Montana considerably! Many basins were running 65% to 80% of normal late in January. Most have recovered to near or even above normal levels now.

Of course, the downside to such sudden jumps in mountain snowpack (along with all this wind!) is avalanche danger.

Click here for a look at various Montana river basins.

At lower elevations - Great Falls has picked up 7.7" of snow for the month of February so far - about 1.60" above average for the month to date. Seasonally (since December 1, 2020), only 9.7" have fallen, which is 14.5" below what we should have seen in a typical winter so far.

Helena, on the other hand, has received 12.8" month to date which is 8.90" above average. Seasonally, 19.4" have fallen which is 2" above average.