Snowpack 94% of average, comparable to ’09 |

Snowpack 94% of average, comparable to ’09

The mountain snowpack is holding 94 percent of average water content for this time of year, the Nevada Irrigation District reported Wednesday.

In the latest snow survey, a key indicator of water availability for the coming year, NID snow surveyors found an average water content of 31.8 inches, which equals 94 percent of the 33.9-inch historic average for April 1.

The water content in this year’s snowpack is nearly identical to a year ago, when NID snow surveyors measured a 95 percent water content. This year’s snow surveys were taken March 26, before the recent round of storms.

“It has been slightly dry through much of March, so it was pleasing to have the snow survey results come in near average,” said NID Operations Supervisor Sue Sindt. “With this week’s storms, March may end up near average.

“The district does have an adequate water supply to make full deliveries to our customers this year,” Sindt added. “At present, Rollins, Combie and Scotts Flat are nearly full. If we receive near-average precipitation in April and May, all the reservoirs should fill or nearly fill, which should also make this a good year for recreational activities.”

The latest survey showed NID’s highest snow course, Webber Peak at 7,800 feet, had 83.4 inches of snow with a water content of 31.7 inches. The English Mountain snow course (7,100 feet) had 100.1 inches of snow with a water content of 41.8 inches.

Webber Lake (7,000 feet) had 73.5 inches of snow with a water content of 28.7 inches. Findley Peak (6,500 feet) had a snowpack of 77.2 inches and a 30.7-inch water content.

Bowman Reservoir (5,650 feet) had 62.1 inches of snow and a 26.3-inch water content.

Nevada City resident and freelance writer Dave Carter contracts with theNevada Irrigation District.

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