El Nino is benefiting Idaho's snowpack this winter

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says El Nino is benefiting Idaho's snowpack this winter.

According to the first water supply outlook report for the 2016 water year, the majority of the watershed basins are at 95 to 175 percent of normal.

Officials said most basins are between from 110 to 190 percent of average, although several basins are just below normal.

Typically north Idaho receives more precipitation than southern Idaho; however, this year the highest snowpack is in the state's Owyhee and Bruneau basins with close to 190 percent of average.

The lowest snowpacks are between 90 and 99 percent of average in the Panhandle Region, Clearwater, Upper Snake and Bear River basins.

With early snow accumulation high, officials said water supplies look promising.

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