Snowpack Grows After March Snow


AP 4-12,2016

Last month’s snowstorms boosted Wyoming’s snowpack and put the state in better position for having its big reservoirs recharged this year.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that the state’s snowpack is now about 85 percent of median. A year ago, it was sitting at 61 percent.

Early in March, the snowpack was around 81 percent statewide and dropping.

But snowstorms in successive weeks hit the state, dumping snow measured in feet in many mountain areas and some lower elevations as well.

Hydrologist Jim Fahey of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Wyoming says southeast Wyoming looks to have a moderate chance for spring flooding as a result of the storms.

In addition, Fahey says another storm system is coming through the state over the next seven days.