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Snowpack Percentages Decline Across Montana After Warm and Dry January


February 10, 2021

BOZEMAN - While January started off on the right foot, with snow falling at many locations in the state, the remainder of the month was hit-or-miss for mountain and valley snowfall.

Atmospheric circulation patterns early in the month were similar to those experienced throughout much of the winter. Moisture and warm air spilled into the state from the Pacific, favoring the Pacific Northwest and river basins along the Idaho border and northwest Montana. "It was abnormally warm during the first two weeks of the month. Fortunately, a return to more winter-like conditions occurred after January...

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