Snowpack and Drought Update
The increase in stormy weather over the past several weeks has brought some positive impacts regarding drought conditions and snow pack levels across the western states. The onslaught of strong Pacific storms has brought copious amounts of rain and snow to the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies over the past several weeks.
At the beginning of the winter season, drought conditions were in place over many areas California, Washington, Oregon and the Four Corners region. However, recent rain and snow has greatly reduced or erased drought conditions in many areas. The graphic below shows the most recent drought status across the USA. The drought in the Four Corners region as been greatly reduced and almost all of California is now out of drought conditions. There has also been great improvement in Pacific Northwest.
Snowpack in the Rockies and across most of the Pacific Northwest is above normal in many areas. In the graphic below, blue areas represent snowpack that is 110-150% of normal, while green represents snowpack levels that are 90-109% of normal. Snowpack levels are far ahead of where they were a year ago at the same time. Reservoirs in the Rockies and far west will receive significant inflow during the snow melt later this spring.