Wet December reduces drought, boosts snowpack
Published 7 months ago by The Billings Gazette

A woman walks her dogs down a snowy Burlington Avenue on Monday. Some of that snow will start to disappear as temperatures climb this week into the high 40s.

Lanes are cut in snow piles as Billings street crews build a mountain of snow near Swords Park this winter.

Heavy snow in December has helped build mountain snowpack and could ease drought that last year plagued 15 Montana counties and nine in Wyoming. 

"This winter is shaping up much better than last year," said Ada Montague, water resource planner for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

A report from DNRC showed that by the end of December, snowpack and the amount of water in the snow were reaching “near normal levels.”

"We've had a good December for snowfall," Montague said, but the weather was so cold that the water content in the snow has been lower than usual.

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Added: 7 months ago