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Record-low snowpack widespread throughout Montana, report shows

Needed snow now hitting the state, but more than half of the snow-monitoring sites incorporated in the report last week were posting snowpack totals that are the lowest or second-lowest on record

Amanda Eggert

Montana Free Press

While some snow hit the state and more is in the forecast, More than half of the snowpack monitoring sites used to measure the water supply for Montana watersheds are posting record-low accumulations, according to a report out last week.

Several basins in central Montana have one-third of their normal snow-water equivalent — a measurement of water in the snow. About half of all of the basins in the report, including the Upper Missouri, Flathead, and Upper and Lower Clark Fork basins, are posting record-low totals.

Eric Larson, a water supply specialist...


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