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Feb 8, 2013 1:11 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

Montana snowpack numbers dip

BOZEMAN - The latest numbers from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service show that snowpack in Montana fell slightly in January, to 96% of median compared to 103% of median on Jan. 1.

Two major storm events provided the bulk of the moisture during the month of January, but only produced 85% of median snowfall for the month. The Headwaters of the Missouri and the combined St. Mary and Milk River basins hold the best snowpack of the major basins in the state at 103% of median.

Meanwhile, the Yaak, Beaverhead, and Upper Gallatin (above Gallatin Gateway) river basins maintain the best snowpacks at 113% of median or better.

Typically on February 1, nearly 65 percent of the average seasonal snowpack has accumulated in the Treasure state as of Feb. 1, meaning about of the snowfall season remains.

Western Montana is running below normal when it comes to snowfall average. The Kootenai basin is at 97%, the Flathead and Upper Clark Fork basins are at 93%, the Lower Clark Fork basin is at 89%, and the Bitterroot is at 86%.

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