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Wild March brings big snowpack boosts to some parts of Idaho, big drops to others…

The latest precipitation levels and snowpack figures for Idaho are varying so wildly that hydrologists at the National Resources Conservation Service are calling it “March Madness.” Said Jeff Anderson, NRCS hydrologist in Boise, “Diverse conditions would be an understatement to describe the present snowpack situation in Idaho. Since March 1, we’ve measured one of the greatest one-month changes in snowpack on record.”

Measurements showed the snowpack decreased up to 22 percent in low- and mid-elevation southern Idhao basins including Bear, Blackfoot, Bruneau, Owyhee and Portneuf, dropping them to as much as 60 percent below normal; while March storms boosted the Panhandle snowpack up to 120 percent of normal. Many areas north of the Snake River Plain saw their snowpacks jump as much as 34 percent from the hit-and-miss March storms.

Click below for the full news release from the NRCS, which documents how storm after March storm moved through central and North Idaho but left parts of the south dry.

It’s official: June 1 snowpack one of deepest ever for Idaho

It's official - Idaho has one of the deepest June 1 snowpacks ever measured in the state, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  “In an average year up to about two-thirds of the snowpack melts during April and May,” said Ron Abramovich, water supply specialist with the service. That hasn't happened this year - and, in fact, snow has continued to fall at higher elevations. The risk: A sudden melt-off in June that could flood Idaho streams and rivers. Click below for the NRCS' full announcement.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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