Montana snowpack slightly below average

Posted at 9:31 AM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 11:31:26-05

Today’s Forecast:
Expect a mix of clouds for the region with pockets of light mountain snow showers in southwest Montana.  Winds are expected to stay light through the day with highs near 40 degrees.

BOZEMAN: High: 42; Low:  19. Expect partly cloudy skies and mild conditions with highs near 40°.

BUTTE: High:  40; Low: 12. Look for a mix of clouds through the day with comfortable daytime highs near 40 degrees and a light wind.

DILLON: High: 40; Low: 14. Partly cloudy skies will dominate the afternoon with a clear sky expected for the evening.

WEST YELLOWSTONE: High:  31; Low: 9. Cool clouds stick around through the afternoon before clearing skies for the evening allow temperatures to quickly drop to the single digits.

We are currently dealing with a weak El Nino pattern which will typically keep Montana warmer than average and drier than average through the winter months.  The positive side of this is that weak an El Nino will still allow for some of the stronger winter storms to bring snow to the region and allow snowpack to build in the mountains.  As of this week, Montana’s snowpack is slightly below or near average in all the basins in western Montana.  The current weather pattern over the course of the next 7-10 days is a rather stable, dry, and warm pattern which will allow the snowpack to dwindle over the course of the next couple of weeks.