Wind River Basin sees slight snowpack increase

h/t Wyoming NRCS

As of April 12th, the statewide snowpack/snow water equivalent (SWE) is at 86% of the median, according to the Wyoming NRCS. That is down from last year’s statewide median of 110%.

The Wind River Basin was 1 of 5 basins that saw an SWE increase – moving from 81% to 83%. The Powder and Lower North Platte had the highest SWEs in the state with 109% and 107%, respectively. The Belle Fourche and Cheyenne Basins shared the state low at 42% of the median.

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The map (featured imate) may differ slightly from the table depending upon how many stations were reporting at the time. This report and a map displaying basin SWE percentages of the median for the state may be found here.

For information on the use of median vs. average, click here.

All mountain areas across north-central through southern Wyoming have good chances for snowfall through the end of the week. The Uinta Mountains, the Snowy Range, the Sierra Madres, and the southeastern Wind River Mountains have the best chance for moderate snow amounts during the upcoming week (7-day precipitation totals map below).

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