Recent storms give us a real boost in terms of 'Water Year'

8-14 Day Outlook Temperature ProbabilityCourtesy: NOAA

Our rainy start to the month has made for tremendous improvements in overall snowpack and precipitation totals. The Boise area has already received above average precipitation for the month and we're only on day six. During the month of February, Boise will usually pick up an inch of precipitation. This morning, we're sitting at 1.16".

The overall water year numbers are looking much better with recent storms. Since October 1, 2018, 5.85" of precipitation has been recorded at the airport. That is 0.79" above normal for this time of year. In terms of snowfall, we're sitting at 7.7" for the water year, 7.8" behind normal. The valley will typically see 20" of snowfall each water year with 15.5" to date.

Looking at the long range forecasts, the chances for additional moisture and colder temperatures are present. As we head into the weekend we're expecting temperatures to remain roughly 5 degrees below average with some additional snow in the forecast. Even better news, the latest 8-14 Day Outlooks, for both temperature and precipitation, predict the Northwest will see colder than average temperatures and above average precipitation through the middle of February.

Now that we're in the heart of winter, many of us are longing for warmer temperatures. The reality of it is that we need to stay cold to keep snow piling up in the mountains. For more information on updated snowpack totals, read here.

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