Snow will start melting at higher elevations after warmer than average March

Water managers anticipate spring runoff
Posted at 4:17 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 19:56:24-04

IDAHO CITY — Mores Creek Summit north of Idaho City lost 30 inches of snow during the March, however, there is still 92 inches in the snow pack at the summit which is 16 more inches than average.

We went up for the NRCS snow survey with Ron Abramovich and it did look a lot different than it did a month ago following a historic snowfall that put several basins over the 100 percent clip for the entire season.

"The highest is Weiser at 148 percent, the Owyhee Basin is at about 130 and the Boise Basin is at 122 percent for the season," said Abramovich.

The water density has dropped though, down to 40 percent which means the snow will start to melt at higher elevations like at Mores Creek and over the next few weeks we will need to keep an eye on the rivers and streams because they could flood depending on the temperature.

"The rivers are going to get really interesting in the next few weeks," said Abramovich. "If it is melting an inch a day our rivers can absorb most of that and let it run off, but if you start pushing an inch and a half or two inches that's when we know the streams will be rocking and rolling."

Next months snow survery will be Ron Abramovich's last one before he retires his snowshoes.