Despite Heavy Snow in East, West Still Suffering
The snowpack across the West continues to suffer. The problem is that the winter has been so mild that much of the precipitation has fallen as rain, not snow. Most in the Northwest saw a somewhat seasonal winter when it came to precipitation while areas south stayed below average.
According to the NRCS, nearly a third of observation sites in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada Mountains are reporting the lowest snowpack ever measured. Some sites were even snow free back on March 1st.
Meteorologist Stephanie Ortmann