wyoming snowpack

Snowpack Continues To Rise

May 23, 2017
Emmanuel Boutet

Wyoming’s snowpack has risen to the point where heavy flooding is more and more likely. 

State Hydrologist Lee Hackleman says snowpack has climbed from 115-percent of median to 176-percent.  Hackleman says the weather has him nervous.

"Well if it stays cool and rainy like this long enough, we know that when it warms up it’s gonna warm up fast and implications are that we will have some flooding then. We’d be better off if it was a little warmer now and we’d have a little better start on the melt out."

Irina Zhorov

Heavy spring snow has boosted the state’s snowpack levels to almost 100 percent of normal.

Lee Hackleman, Wyoming's Water Supply Specialist, says that means the outlook for the state’s water resources and reservoirs is good, and drought conditions are disappearing from most areas.

"Probably the only part that's left [in drought] is some over on the west side of the state and that is liable to persist for a little while," says Hackleman.

Snowpack up and down in Wyoming

Dec 18, 2012

While much of the state is at or slightly above average when it comes to snowfall this year, the eastern and southern portions of the state are well below average. 

Some people worry that another drought is on the way, which could lead to problems for agriculture producers and for forest managers next spring and summer. 

But Lee Hackleman of the Natural Resources Conservation Service says it’s much too early to be concerned.