The outlook for western mountain snowpack and the equivalent Spring and Summer water runoff continues to look bleak, especially in the southern 2/3rds of the region. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey said an example of this is the Sierra Nevadas.
“We’re looking at 4″ of average accumulated snowfall, if you turn that into liquid. For this time of year that is less than one quarter of average, we should be approaching the 20″ mark at this point, well on our way to almost 30″ by the end of the season.”
With a recent warming trend melting off some of the lower elevation snowpack over this past weekend and with La Nina still in place, needed precipitation is expected to avoid most of the west between now and April first, although…
“The only glimmer of hope is that we will see a cooling trend for the west starting late this week and into the weekend, so at least that will stop the melting of snowpack that we have been seeing in some of the basins we have seen over the last week or two.”
Nearly all of Oregon is under a D-0 designation, or abnormally dry, while some of the state is under a D-1 designation, or a moderate drought..
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