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Snowpack above normal according to scientist

Posted at 5:35 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 19:45:29-04
At the top Mores Creek summit, not far from Idaho City,  scientists use special instruments to measure the snowpack. 
 
Taking samples from multiple areas and using simple math, officials are able to find the average.
 
Experts say this is the best time to conduct this study when the snowpack reaches its peak. 
 
"We ended up measuring 32.5 inches of water. Normal is 30.5 so were a little bit above average," says Ron Abramovich, a water supply specialist with the USDA.
 
32 inches of standing water in the snow just waiting to melt. It's a stark contrast compared to last year. 
 
Scientists say they found solid ground in some areas that are now covered in snow. It will be soaked up in the soil and likely fill up Lucky Peak Reservoir which will ultimately benefit farmers and recreationists.
 
"Numerous people use it for recreation, power boating in the reservoirs fishing and hydropower production as well," Abramovich explained .
 
Just like Mores Creek summit, experts say much of Idaho's snowpack is above normal. 
 
But you can always have too much of good thing. Scientists say that flooding is always a concern if the snow melts too fast. 
 
"We know that we are in a warm dry spell now for the next 7 to 10 days so were going to see this snow pack even at this elevation start to melt a little bit per day. That's really not enough to fill the streams a whole lot but were going to start seeing them taking off," says Abramovich.