Median snowpack water equivalent surpasses 2022’s highest peak

UTAH— The 2022-2023 winter season continues to bring snow and rain across the state. Statewide, the median snowpack water equivalent is at 191%, surpassing the peak of 2022’s snowpack water amounts, and continues to fuel the reduction in extreme drought-rated areas.

As of January 5, the percentage of extreme-drought rated areas has dropped by nearly 9% in the previous week and nearly 50% over the past three months. Powder days might mean an increase in stoke level as locals head to the resorts, but they are even more important as the state continues to recover from multiple years of extreme drought.

To find out more about the state’s battle with drought and current levels, see the drought.gov website.

Comparison between January 3, 2023, and December 27, 2022
Comparison between January 3, 2023, and December 27, 2022 Courtesy of the National Integrated Drought Information System.

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