Snow amounts down-valley this winter were considerably lower than average, but higher elevations did OK overall . . .
Spring officially got under way Tuesday, ending one of the Flathead Valley’s mildest winters in recent memory.
From Oct. 1 through March 20, just 30.2 inches of snowfall had been measured at Glacier Park International Airport. That’s almost 26 inches less than the average of 55.8 inches for the same period. Precipitation, however, totaled 6.19 inches at the airport, not far off the average of 6.97 inches.
Mountain snowfall above the Flathead River Basin was quite different than in the valley, starting out well behind the average but eventually catching up to be 103 percent of normal.