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Wyoming Statewide Snowpack Above Average

U.S. News

This week's measurements among individual river basins range from a low of 71 percent of median in the Lower North Platte to a high of 157 percent in the Yellowstone River basin. More snow was falling Monday in the Yellowstone region.

Agency Reports Snowpack to Be Above Normal in Montana

U.S. News

The Great Falls Tribune reports snowpack data released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Conservation Service indicates snowpack totals are above normal in all major river basins in the state for March.

California drought-free for the first time in 7 years

Al Jazeera

The state of California has been declared drought-free for the first time in more than seven years. Generous winter rains have filled the state's reservoirs and the Sierra Nevada snowpack is now 50 percent higher than average. This is the first time since mid-December of 2011 that the entire state has been classified as being free of drought, and the moisture deficit is not severe enough to cause social, environmental or economic hardship. The current picture marks a major improvement from just one year ago, when nearly 70 percent of California was still classified as suffering from moderate to severe drought. And only three years before that, the Sierra snowpack had dwindled to virtually zero.

As Snowpack Soars, Oregon's Governor Declares Emergency

U.S. News

After a slow start, wintry weather has walloped Oregon, with the snowpack surpassing the norm by as much as 160 percent in some part of the state and Gov. Kate Brown declaring an emergency in 10 counties.

California snowpack is one of the biggest ever recorded, and now poses a flooding risk

Los Angeles Times

The skies were grey, snow was falling and it was bitterly cold when state snow survey chief Frank Gehrke made his monthly march out to a deep pillow of snow in the Sierra Nevada town of Phillips on Thursday morning. He plodded across the white mounds, plunged his metallic pole into the powder beneath him, pulled it out and made his proclamation: 94 inches deep. The 2016-17 winter created one of the largest snowpacks in California's recorded history and it's loaded with enough water to keep reservoirs and rivers swollen for months to come. "For recreation, there's a lot of pent up demand for spring touring," Gehrke told reporters and viewers watching on a social media livestream. "Clearly this is going to be a good year for it.