66°F
Sponsored by

February storms add to northern Utah snowpack

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah After a slow start, a warm and wet February significantly helped Northern Utah’s snowpack.
Six Creeks shows the snowpack levels along the Salt Lake County mountains. The blue line indicates 2014.
Six Creeks shows the snowpack levels along the Salt Lake County mountains. The blue line indicates 2014.
Bear River Snowpack graph indicates snowpack levels in northern Utah. The blue line indicates 2014.
Bear River Snowpack graph indicates snowpack levels in northern Utah. The blue line indicates 2014.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah After a slow start, a warm and wet February significantly helped Northern Utah’s snowpack.

What we've had are three really potent storms,” said Brian McInerney, a Hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. “Just what we were looking for.”

Snowpack is now above average in Northern Utah at 113%, (See graph: Bear River) and just slightly below average, at 87% along the Salt Lake County mountains (See graph: Six Creeks.) Southern Utah, however, is still seeing a dry winter with snowpack below 50%.

The central part of the state is not doing well. Then it gets progressively worse as you get toward St. George,” said McInerney. “Some of the lower elevation snowtells (snow equivalent monitoring stations) are already melted out and that's unfortunate.”

A warm March could also jeopardize the filling snowpack.

Do not want to have melt starting in March because you could lose 50% of the water in the snowpack,” said McInerney. “It just goes away into evaporation.”

ABC4’s Chief Meteorologist Jim Kosek said while temperature will be mild in the valley, the mountain tops should still be in good shape.

“You have to keep in mind temps in the valley will be 50's and 60's,” said Kosek. “But temps cool at 5.1 degrees per thousand feet, and especially in the shade of the mountains, we're going to keep it comfy cool.”

More storms are in the forecast for first week of March. For the Pinpoint Weather Team’s latest forecast, click here

Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus
local-businesses.png
cars.png dixie-local.jpg

Popular Stories on Facebook