Northern Wyoming Expected To Get Good Snowpack In La Niña Year

Dec 21, 2020

Credit NRCS Wyoming

Besides a very early snowstorm right after Labor Day, the state hasn't seen as much snow as it usually does in fall and early winter. So far in 2020, Wyoming is far below average in snowpack levels.

Department of Agriculture's Jim Fahey, a Wyoming NRCS hydrologist, said it's been a drier than normal fall season for nearly the entire state. That's according to the first Wyoming snowpack update of the season.

"Except, you know, as far northwest, there's the only places that we've seen any normal to above normal snow, still water equivalent averages," he said.

Fahey said Wyoming has seen dry falls in years pass and then come at the end of December or early January the precipitation picks up. He said we are currently in a La Niña winter pattern.

"Usually as far as a snowpack is, and then for people worried about skiing, usually it's from northwest Wyoming, the northern part it usually picks up pretty pretty quickly, and we usually get a pretty good snowpack," said Fahey.