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Inversion Could be Bad for Snowpack

Inversion Could be Bad for Snowpack

Posted - Jan. 22, 2004 at 10:20 a.m.



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(Logan-AP) -- Snowpack levels started out good this season, but they're taking a hit because of the inversion. Cache Valley's skyrocketing pollution levels are causing snowpack levels in the mountains to plummet. A high pressure ridge is trapping the dirty air in the valley, and also deflecting storms containing precipitation.

The snowpack levels in the Bear River Basin were at 120 percent of normal earlier this winter, and now they're at 94 percent of normal.

Some much needed relief could be on the way by this weekend when a cold front moves through that could bring significant snowfall.

But National Weather Service meteorologists say it may be too early to worry about snowpack levels. They say there's still two months of potentially good precipitation left.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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