Monday, January 5, 2009

Snow in Boise

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Storms Bury Idaho--More on the Way

Boise--Another winter storm has rocked the Treasure Valley, the first of a series of storms forecast for the first week of January. Boise had 3 inches of snow this morning, with a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 5pm.

The month of December set snowfall records across the state but water content in the snow is just average.

"We’re only a third of the way through the winter,” said USDA hydrologist Ron Abramovich, “If we don’t get anymore snow from now to April 1, we’ll end up with 30 percent of average.”

Abramovich says theres 84 inches of snow at Mores Creek Summit but the water content at the Boise County site is disappointing--just 8 inches of water which is normal for December.

Over the past three weeks Idaho cities have seen prolific and record snowfalls. Boise has seen a white Christmas just once this past decade, (six inches of snow is the average) but this month the Capitol City was blanketed with 22 inches of snow.

Boise surpassed the 1924 record of 19.4 inches. But the biggest December of 1884’s 36.6 inches of snow still stands. But the impressive totals are just getting us where we need to be in terms of water, and it’s the same in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Pocatello.

By Jan. 1st Idaho watersheds should be at 40 percent; February, 60 percent; March, 80 percent; April, 100 percent in a normal year, The recent snow has been good news, but in terms of water supply for next summer statistics show that the state is only 25 percent there and still needs above-normal precipitation.”

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