State’s snowpack above average across board

The snowpack throughout western and central Montana remains above average in all locations through March 1st.

The latest report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service yesterday showed water equivalent levels at no less than 120 percent of normal, with Upper Yellowstone pacing the state at 165 percent.

The mountains around Missoula and Helena are all at no less than 150 percent of normal.

Fifteen snowpack measurement locations have set a new record for March 1, and 12 are the second highest on record. Most of these records are being set in the headwaters of the Upper Clark Fork, mountains of the Missouri Mainstem around Helena and in the headwaters of the Upper Yellowstone and Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River basins.