WASHINGTON — Wildfires are burning in Yellowstone National Park and the National Weather Service has predicted snow will set new records for the coldest winter weather on record in the U.S. for the first time in the park.
The agency says the snowfall this winter has been more than 20% below average.
Parks & Rec posted a map on its website showing snowfall in the state over the past two weeks, including this past Saturday.
The map shows snowfall is forecasted to be 3.1 inches (76 millimeters) below average for March 29-April 5.
The average is 2.6 inches (61 millimeters).
The agency also posted a chart showing snow falls for March 20-21.
The chart shows snow is forecast to be 2.3 inches (59 millimeters), 3.6 for April 4-5 and 4.6 in May.
The forecasted average for April 6-10 is 2 inches (58 millimeters); the average for May 7-10 2.5 inches (53 millimeters, and 3.3 for June 7-11) and 3 inches (52 millimeters for July 14-16) are the highest snowfall since Jan. 31.
Snowfall averages in the region of 4 inches (100 millimeters)-7 millimeters per day in March, and 4 inches-7 millimeter per day for the rest of the winter.