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Snowpack Way Above Normal, Rain and Snow Will Bring Flooding

Yesterday, March 5, members of the National Weather Service were in Florence to view the runoff of snowmelt that is cascading through the streets and pooling throughout town.

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Drought-Like Conditions Unlikely – More Moisture in Missoula Should Bring Precipitation Levels Towards Normal

Despite many sunny days this winter, Missoula is almost average when it comes to snow pack and precipitation for this time of year.

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A spring float on the Bitterroot River. (KLYQ Photo)
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Diminishing Bitterroot Snowpack May Lower Summer Streamflow

With another month of less than expected snowfall, the Bitterroot River drainage is now the lowest percentage in Montana, with 85 percent of average.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reported weather patterns in March favored the northern part of Montana with more snow in the St Mary-Milk River Basin with 108 of average at the beginning of April, a gain of about 5 percent

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Ice along the Bitterroot River. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot River Snowpack and Streamflow are Now Below Average

Now, recreationists and farmers and ranchers are looking at the streamflow forecasts for the valley.

The most recent figures from the USDA Natural Resources and conservation Service (NRCS) show the levels are below average and much below levels last year

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Looking up Lost Horse Canyon of the Bitterroot Mountains. (KLYQ Photo)
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Snowpack Drifts Lower in the Bitterroot Mountains

The latest snow survey shows only 86 percent of average snowpack in the Bitterroot River drainage.

The monthly survey by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) showed the Bitterroot and the rest of Western Montana snowfields below average

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Snow in the Bitterroot Mountain Range. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Bitterroot Snowpack is Lower Than Last Year

The first snow survey of 2013 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Montana showed over normal snowpack for the Missouri River Headwaters, but below normal for the Columbia River Headwaters, which includes the Clark Fork and the Bitterroot Rivers

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Snow in the backcountry. (Fullerton Photo)
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Idaho Snowpack is Looking Good

The early snowstorms have adds inches and, indeed, feet of snow to the higher elevations of the Northwest.

The Idaho Natural Resource Conservation Service in Boise reports that that northern and central Idaho are above average for this time of year

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Snow on St Mary's Peak. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Montana Snow Levels Vary Widely

Bitterroot River drainage is a little below average.

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The Bitterroot Mountains south of Florence. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot Snowpack Feels the Heat

The April heat took its toll on the snow.

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The Bitterroot Valley's ice-covered Como Lake in the winter. (KLYQ photo)
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Bitterroot Snowpack Keeps Building

There's even more snow than what's in the most recent report.

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