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Montana snowpack drops, but stream-flow forecast still looks good

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BILLINGS, Montana — Snowpack levels have dropped across much of Montana after a dry January and above average temperatures.

But data from the federal Natural Resource Conservation Service shows the statewide spring stream-flow forecast remains near normal, even as much of the West is stuck in drought

The depth of the mountain snowpack in winter helps determine how much water is available for rivers, streams and other water bodies for the remainder of the year.

The federal stream-flow forecast covers the Columbia, Missouri and Yellowstone river basins.

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