Best of January 2019 09

A break in the winter weather reveals snow covered trees near Powder Mountain on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

Keep the snow coming, Mother Nature.

Utah’s snowpack is “right on track” for normal snowpack conditions so far this year, according to The National Resource Conservation Service’s most recent Utah Water Supply Outlook Report.

As of Feb. 1, Utah’s snowpack was near normal at 102 percent compared to 57 percent at the same time in 2018.

The report was completed before this week’s round of snowstorms that dropped several feet of snow in mountain areas. But as of Wednesday, NRCS said the storms improved the state’s snow water equivalent from 102 percent to 123 percent, with most basins increasing by up to 15 percent.

February SWE report

This graph from the National Resource Conservation Service shows Utah's snow water equivalent levels as of Feb. 1

“Fantastic storms — great for our water supply and not so great if you had to be somewhere on time,” the NRCS said in its report. “Hopefully the pattern continues and we accumulate more mountain snow over the next couple of months.”

The entire state has benefited from the current snow pattern, the report said, though Bear River Basin has seen some of the lowest numbers. The basin’s SWE is at 88 percent normal. Meanwhile, the Weber and Ogden River Basin is at 99 percent and the Provo and Jordan Basin is at 110 percent.

Statewide, reservoir storage is still behind 2018 at 59 percent of capacity compared to 74 percent, but the NCRS said “normal to above normal peak snowpack would improve reservoir levels and top off many of the smaller ones.”

The Bear River Basin’s reservoir storage is at 62 percent of capacity, as compared to 78 percent at this time in 2018. Weber and Ogden River Basin’s storage capacity is lower at 52 percent, while the Provo and Jordan basin storage is at 68 percent.

Reach city editor Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh.

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