- Associated Press - Saturday, April 6, 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana experienced a dry March, but snowpack levels are still normal to above normal for central and southern mountain ranges due to record snowfall earlier in the winter.

Lucas Zukiewicz of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service says the snowpack in the northern part of the state is below normal because it didn’t see the same amount of snowfall in February.

Zukiewicz says streamflow forecasts are below average for river basins in the north and near to above average in the central and southern parts of the state.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the northwestern part of Montana is abnormally dry, an indicator of a potential drought.

The monitor says 94 percent of the state is drought-free, compared to 88 percent of the state a year ago.

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