February storms give Inland Northwest snow pack huge boost

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 1 at 11:24 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Snowstorms in February gave the Inland Northwest a huge boost to the mountain snow pack.

Mountains went from being covered with a well below normal amount of snowpack to almost 100 percent in just the past month.

“Usually November [and] December are two of our top precipitation months. We were getting a little bit worried and in mid-January it was still that way,” said snow surveyor Dave Kreft.

Most North Idaho Mountains, which supply the water for most of the Inland Northwest, are close to 90 percent of normal.

Kreft’s job as a snow surveyor is to take samples in the Idaho Panhandle and Eastern Washington mountains. He measures out how much water is packed into our snow.

“All the people that use the rivers the hydroelectric power generation, the fisheries, for irrigation and the water supplies. In our area, just here, tens of millions of dollars depend on what happened with the snow pack,” said Kreft.

Experts will keep checking these sites around the region so we know how much runoff to watch for the spring.

 

 

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