Traffic backs up on Aronson Ave. as fresh snow makes roads slippery Thursday.
Even with a 3 percentage-point dip in snowpack across Montana during February, stream flows this spring and summer won’t be too far from average.
February in Billings was a little warmer, drier and windier than average, but it didn’t break any records or conjure any extremes.
Montana snowpack at the end of January was down slightly from the beginning of the month but, for the most part, remains in the normal range.
Those long, cold January nights weren’t as frigid as they seemed.
While Billings Logan International Airport, the official recording site for the city, measured 2.4 inches of snow in a storm that hit the area Wednesday, much larger totals were building up in the southeast part of the state.
Montana’s chief water supply specialist said Tuesday that he is optimistic about mountain snowpack this winter despite dry conditions that set in during the last half of December.
It’s early yet, so there is no reason to start worrying. But November snowpack is below average everywhere except the high Wyoming mountains that feed the Powder River Basin.