Idaho Gets Another Good Snow Storm

Published online: Feb 21, 2005
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Idaho growers were glad to see that a weekend snow storm brought another four-to-six inches of snow to the snowpack in the mountains of the Snake River Basin Drainage areas.

The Saturday day-long event, helped encourage downstream water users that the six-year-long drought may be coming to an end. Despite the storm, however, the state is still a long way from getting the snowpack/moisture it needs to get back to an average "water year."

But Idaho isn't the only state on the dry side. Washington, too, is experiencing near-record low snow accumulations, which accompanied by unseasonably high temperatures, are robbing the state of its liquid assets.

An NRCS water supply specialist in Spokane said the snowpack is only 26 percent of average. With more than half of the normal (snow) season over, the state needs two-to-three times the normal snowfall over the next two months to get snowpack levels back to normal.