Despite seemingly consistent snowfall, Northern Utah snowpack numbers lag behind average

Don’t let the white winter wonderland on the valley floor deceive you, snowpack numbers in the Northern Utah watersheds are lagging quite a bit behind average for this time of year. According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the snowpack totals in the Bear River Basin watershed is 69 percent of average when looking at water year-to-date precipitation, and 60 percent of average when looking at snow water equivalent, as of Saturday morning. Other watershed areas in the Northern part of the state are seeing similar or slightly higher numbers, while the southern parts of the state are currently a little above average for this time of year. The most healthy snowpack area in the Bear River Basin as of Saturday morning was the Lily Lake testing site. At an elevation of 9,156 feet, Lily Lake reported 88 percent of snow water equivalent average. Hayden Fork also reported comparatively high numbers for the area. The Tony Grove Lake testing site reported some of the lowest numbers for the basin, with 48 percent snow water equivalent and 58 percent year-to-date precipitation. January through March traditionally brings the largest snow storms, however, which means there is plenty of time for the Northern Utah watersheds to recharge.

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