Jan 15, 2013 6:52 PM by Meteorologist Mike Rawlins
Following a severe drought in 2012, the current winter is outperforming when it comes to snowfall.
So far in the 2012-2013 season, Helena has received 27.1 inches of snow.
A 30-year average up to this date reveals the capital city is ahead on seasonal snowfall by 8 inches.
Higher snow amounts in the winter can have lasting impacts on the state going into spring and summer.
With a greater-than-normal snow pack in the spring, flooding could be widespread.
But, the extra snow could help prevent drought conditions from developing during the dry summer Montana typically experiences.