BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Officials say recent snowstorms have helped replenish mountain snowpack levels in Montana that were below normal because of the warm start to winter.

Lucas Zukiewicz of the Natural Resources Conservation Service tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that a continuing pattern of storms bringing in snow from the southwest would help ensure there is plenty of water in the rivers through late summer.

A water supply report released this week noted the Gallatin River basin didn't see significant snowfall until 17 days into January. But then, Zukiewicz says, a month's worth of snow fell in about 10 days.

The recent storms also raised the Madison River basin snowpack level from 85 percent of normal to 97 percent, and the Upper Yellowstone and Jefferson rivers' snowpack levels were near normal as of Thursday.

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