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By Andi Bourne

Regional Snowpack Well Above Average


March 15, 2018

Terry Sheppard

The snow is piled high at the Sheppy Ranch north of Ovando. The last time Bob Sheppard drove his snowmobile on the roof was during the winter of 1996-1997. Many have compared this winter's snowfall to the record year in 1996-1997 but the area is still 100 inches of snow short.

The snowpack across Montana remains in good shape starting the month of March with all basins in the state at near to above normal for the date. In fact, Montana is the only state in the 12 western U.S. states where the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service measures snowpack in which all basins in the state have at least normal snowpack conditions.

Precipitation thus far in the water year (beginning October 2017) has been well below normal in much of the West except for northern areas in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming as well as Interior Alaska, where it has been near to well...

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