The snowpack around southern Idaho this year is just a little behind what it was last year but Idaho’s water experts say we are still in good shape. Ron Abramovich with the Natural Resources Conservation Service says with some of the snowfall arriving a little late this year, it could be a sign that our spring will be cooler.
The winter storm that blew through Southern Idaho early Saturday morning surprised quite a few motorists. It was blizzard conditions early Saturday but it didn’t last long leaving only a skiff of white stuff that was pretty much gone by later in the morning.
Paired with several inches of snow, warm temperatures and rain from last week officials in the Magic Valley say there was some minor flooding over the weekend. Cheney Drive West near Walmart was closed for a while on Saturday due to flooding.
Yesterday's snow fall created a very busy day for emergency crews and left some folks without power. Twin Falls police report they responded to 17 vehicle accidents yesterday, Gooding county reports 14, Jerome County reported eleven accidents and Lincoln County had one.
The lack of snow this year may be making it easier on motorists and in general, those who don’t like bad winter weather. However, for some who depend on the snow, like Bogus Basin Ski Resort near Boise, it can be economically devastating.
The Idaho Water Supply Committee met yesterday to talk about the lack of snow in southern Idaho. By last year at this time the Magic Valley had already experienced quite a bit of snow and drifted roads. But water experts say they aren’t all that concerned yet.
The plentiful snowpack throughout southern Idaho this year will pay an extra dividend…extra water for the aquifer recharge effort. State officials say the plentiful water supply this year will allow canal companies to use some of that extra water in their efforts to recharge the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
As of midday Monday, Sun Valley Resort received 25 inches of snow in the last 24 hours. And while it was snowing in the mountains, much of the valleys received rain. Water supply specialist Ron Abramovich says so much rain and snow have fallen across the state this month, we've already received our March allotment of precipitation.
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