Increasing snowpack still below average |

Increasing snowpack still below average

The big February storms have boosted snowpack water content on area mountain watersheds to 72 percent of average, the Nevada Irrigation District reported today.

In the official March 1 snow survey conducted over the weekend, NID snow surveyors measured snowpack depth and water content on five mountain snow courses at elevations of 5,650 feet to 7,800 feet.

Average water content for the five mountain courses was measured at 22 inches, which equals 72 percent of the historic March 1 average. The Feb. 1 snow survey found just 8.7 inches of water content, for 39 percent of average.

The recent snow surveys compare to a statewide water content average of 64 percent reported by the state Department of Resources. As of March 2, NID water storage stood at 179,000 acre-feet, which equals 71 percent of capacity and 105 percent of average for the date.

A member of the California Cooperative Snow Survey, NID conducts three official snow surveys each year, in February, March and April. Results of the snow surveys are used to predict water availability locally and statewide.

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