Utah snowpack above average so far this winter
The water available in Utah’s snowpack this winter is above the 20-year average in most areas of the state.
Snowpack exceeds median for this time in the winter
Data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows the snow water equivalent in the current snowpack ranges from 99% of the yearly average in the Ogden-Weber drainage to 180% in southwestern Utah.
The Provo-Utah Lake drainage stands at 107% of average. The Duchesne drainage, which also provides water to the Wasatch Front, is at 137%.
Statewide, the snowpack average from winter storms and snow fall so far is 130% above the average. With ample time left in this winter, there is a possibility snowpack will continue to increase.
Look at the numbers when I originally made this prediction. Haha! But we did it! We are officially above normal snowpack statewide. In fact, statewide average is 130% of median! What a storm cycle! https://t.co/UByaTfMTMi pic.twitter.com/yw7QLfGsie
— 𝕎𝕒𝕤𝕒𝕥𝕔𝕙 𝕊𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝔽𝕠𝕣𝕖𝕔𝕒𝕤𝕥 (@WasatchSnow) January 1, 2022
Utah has been gripped by drought conditions in recent years. Although the snowpack numbers are encouraging, data from the National Integrated Drought Information System shows most of Utah is still in a severe drought status.