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Recent Storms Have Begun To Make A Dent In Idaho Mountain Snow Levels

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Snow falls in Bannock County, Idaho.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service measures mountain snowpack. Last week, we reported on below-normal levels in the Boise Basin. That was right before the agency's hydrologists went up to Mores Creek Summit near Idaho City to gather data, and right before snow storms came to the region.


According to their new report out Thursday, the snow that fell between February 2-5 has gone a long way to bring up the reserves, but many areas still remain below normal for this time of year. 

Boise Basin is now 86 percent of normal, an increase of 8 percent compared to right before the storms. Other parts of the state saw a bigger jump, like the Big Lost Basin in Central Idaho which increased by 15 percent in the course of just a few days. The Owyhee Basin had low snowpack last year, but this season it rebounded to normal levels.

The NRCS will do another snow survey at the end of February.

Find reporter Frankie Barnhill on Twitter @FABarnhill

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