Weekend Storms Help Mountain Snowpack...Somewhat

Weekend Storms Help Mountain Snowpack...Somewhat

Even with the snowfall in the mountains and precipitation elsewhere during the long holiday weekend last week, snowpack in the Bighorn Mountains didn't change much, according to National Weather Service Hydrologist Jim Fahey, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Riverton office.

Fahey said snow in the lower elevations has pretty much melted and become runoff, but snow pack in higher elevations is still up there, which is good news.

Runoff of snow still high in the Bighorns, along with what is expected to be a wet spring and the fact that the last few years have been wetter than average should mean the water situation in the Tongue/Powder Drainages this summer won't be critical, he said.

Last weekend's storms didn't make a lot of difference in the snowpack levels, Fahey said, but it certainly helped the moisture situation overall.

Fahey said snowpack in the Tongue River Drainage is at roughly 40% of normal, and the Powder River Drainage is at roughly 10% of “normal basin-wide average” for the “Snow Year,” which runs from October to October each year.

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