With not much snow currently in the Bitterroot Valley, it raises concern for how the snowpack is doing in the watershed and Montana as a whole.
The water year starts in October and the state was off to a great start in 2019, but the weather changes in November left the western part of the state mainly high and dry. Within the past week alone the valley has been between 3-6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than Normal Temperature.
Despite that, Montana is only slightly behind on its annual snowpack. There is still plenty of time for a few winter storms to build up much needed snow. The Bitterroot is at 97% of the Current SWE based off of a 1981-2010 median, compared to 91% in January of 2019.