Climatologist: Snowpack Could Melt Quickly
Laramie, Wy – Warm, dry weather is predicted over the next two weeks for Wyoming.
State climatologist Jan Curtis says that could erode Wyoming's snowpack ahead of schedule and delay any recovery from the drought.
Curtis says precipitation and snowpack so far this year have been better statewide than during the past several years. But that could be lost quickly with several weeks of warm, dry weather.
During March and April, snowpacks can decrease by about one percent for each warm, snowless day.
Curtis says that reduces the amount of water that will flow into reservoirs this spring and could mean a pause or halt for drought recovery in the state.