BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Water experts say Idaho's mountain snowpacks might melt early after a warm, dry February. The Capital Press reports that Idaho water supply specialist Ron Abramovich says the snowpack has "ripened" about a month ahead of schedule by becoming more compact and able to melt with less energy.

Abramovich is with the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. He says Northern Idaho had more snowfall than normal for February, but many basins in Southern and Eastern Idaho saw only half their usual snowfall.

Abramovich says a string of small storms that could bring cooler temperatures and more snow to the mountains, allowing the snowpack to last longer. The water specialist says one or two more storms would be "the icing on the cake" for Idaho's water supply.

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