Friday, June 3, 2011

Snowpack: Highest in two years

Boise--Snow survey crews across Idaho have completed the last snow survey of the 2011 water year and found--plentiful snowpack. Cooler than normal temperatures has kept the snow around longer than normal, that means the potential for flooding.

"One way or another the amount of snowpack affects us all. The snowpack provides our annual streamflow for us so we constantly monitor it during the winter time to see how much runoff we're going to get," local hydrologist Ron Abramovich said.

Southwest Idaho rivers are running high and fast. Eighty-degree temps are forecast for this weekend and will continue to rise in the coming summer months, all that snow will melt. "Right now the way the snow is melting out is perfect. It's coming off slow and in a controlled fashion. If it melts too quickly and we have a rain on snow event and we lose this snowpack over the next two to three weeks we'll see it in Boise," watermaster Rex Barrie said.

Wednesday's snow survey yielded some uncharacteristic numbers for this time of year. There is more than 20 inches of water content within that snowpack, the highest number hydrologists have recorded in more than two decades.

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