Posted: Jan 4, 2013 1:49 PM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
Updated: Jan 4, 2013 1:50 PM
Snowpack conditions across SW Montana are down slightly from last week. A high pressure ridge is responsible for the dry and weather over the last 7 days. Although it's been cold the snow/water percent of average values have dropped in the mountain snowpack by 10% this week.
Despite the drop the water content remains near to slightly above normal locally. The only exception is the Upper Clark Fork region between Butte and Missoula which is slightly below normal.
The snow depth map shows healthy mountain snow south of I-90 here in SW Montana, with lower snow depth values north of I-90 through the Bridger Range, Elkhorns and Big Belt Mountains.
We still have three and half months left of the season to add more snow to the mountains and thus far mountain snowpack is looking good.