Posted: Dec 28, 2012 3:20 PM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
Updated: Dec 28, 2012 4:05 PM
Early winter mountain snowpack is right on track for late December across Montana. The NRCS snow data for today is as follows:
Upper Clark Fork river basin is reporting 99% of average on snow/water content
Jefferson is as 113% of average.
Madison 117% of average.
Gallatin 119% of average.
Missouri Headwaters 115% of average.
Upper Yellowstone 112% of average.
Regionally snowpack conditions also look good across the Pacific NW, northern Rockies and down into the Sierra Nevada range of California. Snowpack conditions range from 90% to 200% of average.
There is a noticeable shortfall in snowpack across the central and southern Rockies in Colorado and New Mexico. Current snowpack data range is between 25% to 75% of average.
Frequent heavy wet snow storms in November helped boost the snow/water content across Montana and a continued chilly weather pattern into December is keeping most of the moist rich snowpack in place. This is a great way to start a new year!