WPR News
8:30 am
Mon December 11, 2006

Snow Pack Low

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's snow pack is lagging behind average levels so far this winter and that could hurt reservoirs next summer. State officials say there's still enough time for increased snow fall in the coming months to turn things around. But if snow fall remains light, the drought will likely get worse. State climatologist Steve Gray says, in much of the state, the soil is so dry that it will soak up a lot more snow before plants see any benefit. "Because of that deficit of the moisture in the soil that means that whatever does fall, much of that will just go back to recharging the soil moisture component rather than being available for the plants and trees that are out there," he said. Since late November, snow pack levels have dropped about 10 percent statewide.