Our low snowpack levels got a much needed boost this past Tuesday! After nearly a month without any significant snowfall, we received 16″ at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This storm came in with lots of wind and some rain that changed over to all snow through the day. The forecast is for more snow and snow showers through the weekend. …
This raised the water content in our snowpack from 52% to 56%. Still seems pretty meager I know, but any upward trend is a welcome sight, especially out of a one day event. Check the latest totals here – http://www-wwrc.uwyo.edu/wrds/nrcs/snowprec/snowprec.html
At this point it looks as though our runoff will subside quickly this year. However, Spring is often our wettest season and could raise the water content significantly if we get a number of storms in April and May. If this does happen, we still expect to be floating the Snake no later than June 25th, if not earlier.
Even with the low snow levels, our reservoirs in the Snake River system are above average for this time of year. This should mean plenty of water for potatoes and trout! Check the reservoir levels here-http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/burtea.cfm