Snowpack is hanging in there despite lack of snowfall
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
There is no doubt we have seen little snow in our local mountains over the last few weeks. Plus, the cold air has all but turned away from the Treasure Valley. Even when a weak cold front does move through we still have a hard time getting temperatures to cool to near normal ranges. So the question is, how is the snowpack doing? The mountain snow is essential for feeding our rivers with the lifeblood that flows downstream into the Valley. So far, we’re hanging in there.
After the record snowfall last year, the reservoirs were left in good shape going into autumn and winter. Thanks to last year’s hyperactive season, we were able to maintain a decent amount of storage in our upstream lakes. So as the runoff does occur this spring, we’ll still be benefiting from last years flow. Plus, we need to remember that some of the wettest months of the year in the Rockies occurs in March, April and May. March in particular can generate some impressive storms for our mountains.
What we don’t know is if this Spring will be an active pattern or a dud. There is still time for Mother Nature to redeem herself and deposit more white gold on our mountains. For now, the best chance of any additional showers in the high country will be late Sunday into early Monday. Then again around midweek. But, each of these storms looks to be on the weak side of the storm spectrum.