While precipitation the past three months has improved over past lackluster winters, Utah's overall prospects for escaping another year of drought remain dim, the National Weather Service says.
Reporting Thursday on the first quarter of the 1991 water year, meteorologists said that mountain snowpack was about two-thirds of normal as of Jan. 1.Reservoir storage, meantime, is even further below normal than the same time last year, showing the cumulative effects of several years of drought.
While forecasts for next spring and summer streamflows were below normal, the service noted that more than half of Utah's snowfall remains to be received.
Utah snowpacks are much better than they were last year at this time, although they still remain below normal at 68 percent of average statewide.
Snow-water content ranged from 76 percent of average on the Uinta Mountains to 42 percent on the watersheds of southeastern Utah.