Above-average Snowpack Could Recharge Reservoirs

Cheyenne, WY – The mountain snowpack in Wyoming is above
average for this time of year.

And experts say the abundance of high-country moisture this spring could recharge reservoirs drained low by drought.

The snow-water equivalent in the Upper North Platte drainage increased to more than 115 percent of average, and the Little Snake River drainage in Carbon and Sweetwater counties to nearly 130 percent of average.

The Upper Green River Basin is the only below-average region in the state with a snowpack of 92 percent.

In all, the statewide snow-water equivalent is around 25 percent
higher than at this time last year.

National Weather Service hydrologist Jim Fahey of Riverton says the snowpack could help small- and medium-sized reservoirs return to near-normal levels.

Larger reservoirs, including Flaming Gorge and Fontenelle in southwest Wyoming, will need more time to recover.