Montana is experiencing one of the driest winters the state has seen in a very long time. Snowpack levels are at historic lows across the state, but just how bad is it?

WHY MONTANA'S LACK OF SNOW IS A BIG PROBLEM

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The lack of precipitation this winter is impacting Montana in several ways. It has already forced some ski areas in the state to shut down for the season, but low snowpack levels could cause devastating problems in the state later this year. Many residents have taken to social media to voice their concerns about the upcoming wildfire season. There is still hope for a late winter, but things aren't looking good.

Wildfires are common in Montana, but snowfall and rainfall help to keep forests and other potential fuels green throughout the summer. If snowpack levels are down, those fuels tend to dry out much faster. Also, if there are a bunch of wildfires in Montana this summer, visitation numbers will take a huge hit, which will be bad news for local businesses and the state' economy.

Montana's lakes, rivers, and streams also rely on winter snowfall, and the lack of snow could have a major impact of wildlife and fisheries throughout the state.

READ MORE: MONTANA SKI AREA CLOSES EARLY DUE TO LACK OF SNOW

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HOW BAD IS THE LACK OF SNOW IN MONTANA?

According to How Much Will It Snow, which keeps track of annual snowfall totals, the data is pretty shocking. Here's how much snow Bozeman has received so far this winter.

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That's right. Only 30" of snow have fallen this winter in Bozeman. The largest snowstorm was the week before Halloween. You can also find data for cities like Missoula and Whitefish. Missoula is currently at 22", and Whitefish is slightly higher at 54". Billings has only received 17" of snow.

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