Utah experiencing 258-percent snowpack improvement

Snowpack conditions right now have Randy Julander grinning from ear to ear. He is the snow survey supervisor for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City and says there was a dismal snowpack start last year. Now, he says, Utah has 258 percent more snow statewide than in the year 2010. Julander says we are actually near record levels.”At most of our sites we are at the upper five percent of recorded snow packs,” Julander says. “So it’s a dang good year. “We had, on January 1, 18 of our Snotel sites that had new all-time record highs and 17 that were in second place. It goes from basically the south end of the state all the way to the north end of the state, all of the areas. That’s kind of an oddity.”He says usually it seems the south will be dry and the north will be wet or vice-versa but right now the entire state has a phenomenal snowfall. Julander says with approximately three more months to go, however, things could still change considerably.

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