Late storms save snowpack levels in basin

Late January storms saved the Gallatin River basin from dismal snowpack levels, but there is still a lot of time before the water season ends, according to the National Resources and Conservation Service.

“Seventeen days. That’s how long the snowmobilers and skiers in the Gallatin River basin had to wait after the New Year started for favorable storm patterns to play out and drop snow in the Gallatin River basin,” water specialist Lucas Zukiewicz said Wednesday in a release.

The basin squeaked by last month with snowpack levels 106 percent of normal and 132 percent of last year, according to the agency. Mountains rimming the Gallatin Valley are leading the way with both the Hyalite and Bridger ranges at 126 percent of average. Further south, the Upper Gallatin area is 86 percent of average. All three areas are above reported levels this time last year.

There’s still time to make


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