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BOISE COUNTY A lot of snowfall in January has greatly brightened the outlook for Idaho s water year.

Hydrologists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture s Natural Resource Conservation Service traveled up to the Mores Creek Summit Tuesday to measure the snowpack. What they found was six feet of snow, and that s good news for water users like farmers and recreationists.

January storms dumped about four feet of new snow in the mountains.

Hydrologists take five measurements and then average them out.

A month ago, the snowpack was at about 50 percent of average, but Tuesday s measurements show we are now at 91 percent of normal for this time of year. Although we are still below normal, that s a welcome change from December.

It s difficult to predict summer water usage, the biggest factor will be how hot it gets. Water experts are still hoping for more snow and a wet spring to carry us through the summer months.


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