The snowpack in most parts of Utah is below normal, with the exception of the Weber/Ogden River Basin, which is at 110 percent of normal, officials of two federal agencies said Friday.
Snowpack at the Green River Basin is at 109 percent, according to William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service, and Gerald Williams, director of the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center.Conditions are excellent at a few northern Utah sites such as Monte Cristo, 126 percent; Ben Lomond Peak, 107 percent; upper Farmington snow course, 131 percent; and Ben Lomond Trail, 113 percent. Percentages at other snow courses range from 85 to 95 percent in northern Utah and 70 to 80 percent in the south, with the Virgin River Basin at 48 percent of normal.
Williams and Alder said the 1989 flood threat remains minimal.
March has been a beneficial month for water in northern Utah, with near-normal to above-normal amounts of moisture. However, they said, seasonal precipitation remains a little below normal along the Wasatch Front and the northern mountains. But some areas are 105 to 110 percent of normal.
Elsewhere in Utah, conditions have been dry, with seasonal precipitation averaging below normal.
Statewide, stream flows are projected to range from a little below normal to well below normal in some areas of the state.
Pineview, Deer Creek, Lost Creek and East Canyon reservoirs may not quite fill, but are expected to have much more adequate water supplies than in 1988.
The 30-day forecast for mid-March to mid-April along the Wasatch Front and eastern Utah calls for above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation, with near-normal conditions expected elsewhere in the state. Normally, April is the wettest month of the year in valley areas along the front.