Snow totals up to 70 percent of normal

Snow totals up to 70 percent of normal


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Snowstorm after snowstorm after snowstorm, you might think we've had plenty lately, but that all depends on your perspective.

For 8-year-old sledder Hanna Peterson, this is paradise. "It's a really good thing that it's snowing, so then it could stay for my birthday," she said.

Luckily for the rest of us, her birthday is in a few days, not in July. But people who track our snowpack say it's OK if we stay in this snowy pattern for a while. Randall Julander of the Natural Resources Conservation Service says we've made some improvement in the last couple of weeks.

"When you're looking at going from 20 percent [of normal] to 70 percent, that's a lot of snow," he said.

Julander says Southern Utah is faring pretty well so far this year, but a lot can change. He says the pattern this year is almost a mirror image of what happened last year, when we got a lot of snow in late December and early January, then the snow basically stopped.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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