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High Dec. snow levels needed to make up for warm weather

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Dec 4th, 2012 @ 5:47pm


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SALT LAKE CITY &#8212 A few small storms are headed our way, but will they be enough to make up for the snow we didn't get in November because of warm temperatures?

November started with a bang &#8212 54 inches of snow in one storm &#8212 but since then, it has been warm: some days 17 degrees above normal, and the last day of November was 20 degrees above normal.

Hydrologist Brian McInerney, with the NWS, says our low level snow pack is basically gone.

"If you were going to try to balance it so the entire state had normal snowpack, we'd need above-normal snow amounts in December," he said.

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McInerney said if the temperatures would drop, we would be OK.

"That's what we need: one storm after another," he said.

He said the state really needs the snow this year after having a dry winter last year.

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