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Samantha Hayes ReportingA new winter storm is blanketing much of Utah's high country with snow. All the snow we've had so far this season means the drought is over, right? Well, don't rush to a conclusion.
October got us off to a good start, but snow pack levels have been leveling off in the last two weeks. Tonight's storm should get us back on track.
A foot a week would be average accumulation of the snowpack. A surplus would be ideal because snowpack has been less than average for several years. Of course, when you're a kid, any old snow will do.
Megan Meier, Salt Lake City: “I love snow, it’s so much fun.”
This snow has been around for about two weeks, it’s still good enough to slide down. But those who watch snow levels closely say it’s definitely time for more.
Ray Wilson, Hydrologist: “We started out real good. We had an excellent October, but we’ve been slipping a little bit. We are getting closer to average.”
We still have about 80 percent of this season to go, but if snow levels stay above average, we will be in an ideal situation come spring--a snowpack over 100 percent of average.
Ray Wilson: “We are still way above down south, but the north we are getting close to average now. We need a good shot in the arm.”
Businesses that rely on snow also need a pick-me-up.
Warren Lignell, Mechanic: “We are praying for snow.”
Snow blowers came out early when October storms surprised us, already many are in the shop to get fixed.
Warren Lignell: “We get people out there using them and breaking them and there’s more work for us.”
New snow on the slopes is also great advertising for ski resorts before Christmas.
Kamen Meier: “Me and my dad are going snowboarding this year.”
So enjoy this storm, but keep your fingers crossed for more.
Ray Wilson: “It’s just a small step. We need a lot of them.”