Statewide snowpack below normal by 15-20 percent

January precipitation totals across Wyoming were 92 to 97 percent of average, the NOAA said in a release today. Precipitation numbers varied between 152 percent of normal over the Little Snake River Drainage (extreme southern Wyoming) to near 47 percent of normal over the Clarks Fork Yellowstone/Shoshone River Basin (northwestern Wyoming). Current water year (October 2015 - January 2016) precipitation across Wyoming is near 100 percent of average. Mountain snowpack across Wyoming continues to be 80 to 85 percent of median by early February. Snowpack "water" numbers and/or snow water equivalents (SWEs) were the highest across basins in southern Wyoming—varying between 97 to 107 percent of median. SWEs across basins in north central Wyoming varied between 48 to 65 percent of median. Below normal (80 to 85 percent) snowmelt streamflow volumes are expected across almost all major basins across Wyoming. Near average streamflow volumes are expected across portions of the Upper Bear and Upper North Platte Watersheds. The Sweetwater, Powder, and Tongue River Basins are forecasted to have much below normal streamflow volumes during the upcoming snowmelt season. [image: FEB2016.jpg] #buckrail #county10 #reboot #oilcity #springcity #dally #county17 #shortgo #news