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Mon April 6, 2009
Snowpack level above average after spring storms
By Molly Messick
Laramie, WY – The storm that closed roads across southern Wyoming this weekend has brought the state's snowpack to above average levels. Lee Hackleman is a water specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He says in mid-March some sites were below 70 percent of average snowpack, but recent spring storms have turned that around. "Two weeks ago we got a lot of snow and it came up 10 percent across the state, which was fantastic," Hackleman said. "Now this last week, boy, it kept right on snowing. We've come up another seven percent."
Wyoming's snowpack is now at 104 percent of its 30-year average. Hackleman says if the state gets its usual amount of moisture between now and June, ranchers and farmers shouldn't have to worry about irrigation supplies, and municipalities' water needs should also be met without difficulty.