Western Montana Snowpack Slightly Above Normal
With a month of above average precipitation, the snowpack totals throughout Montana have improved through the month of March.
Snow levels in the Bitterroot at the beginning of April are 105 percent of normal and 108% of last year's level, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana.
Water supply specialist Lucas Zukiewicz said there was significant melting of snow in the lower elevations, but the higher elevation levels were in "good shape for April 1."
The NRCS reported precipitation in the Bitterroot River basin at 198% of average for March. Statewide, Montana was 154% of average.
Zukiewicz wrote in a news release that the snowpack is "primed to melt," with warmer temperatures, especially at the lower elevations.
The predictions of streamflow are also above average in the monthly report.