Utah snowpacks lowest in decades in some mountain locations

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service says snowpacks in some mountain locations in central and southern Utah are the lowest or second lowest in about three decades.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the onset of a weak La Nina weather pattern in the Pacific typically means higher than average precipitation in far northern Utah with the southern part of the state becoming dryer than normal.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows normal levels in the far northeastern part of the state. The eastern and central parts of the state are in moderate drought levels while counties in the far south are in severe drought.

Weather service meteorologists say the dry conditions could change in about a month with new storms possible.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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