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OUTDOORS: Milk River drainage, Montana well above average for snow pack

 

April 16, 2020

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

The Milk River flows ice free Wednesday east of Havre. The St. Mary's and Milk River system is currently 143 percent above average for snow pack as of April 14. The USDA's Montana Snotel Snow Water Equlivent report for April 14 says that all of Montana's major river basins had recorded above average snowpack by the middle of April. The National Weather Service in Great Falls has reported that Havre has already received 7.7 inches of snow since April 1, while new snow in the Bear Paw Mountains has exceeded 10 inches in the first 14 days of April.

As the second half of spring begins, the snowpack situation in Montana is looking good, and that's in spite of a below average winter.

According to the USDA's Montana Snotel Snow Water Equlivent report for April 14, all of Montana's major river basins had recorded above average snowpack by the middle of April. The St. Mary and Milk River Basin, which directly impacts the Hi-Line, was sitting at 143 percent above average which was the highest above average of any Montana river basin.

By April, many low- and mid-elevation mountain snowpack monitoring locations are typically approaching seas...



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