We thought that first big snowstorm just before Thanksgiving was the beginning of the predicted big snow accumulation associated with an El Ninia year.
However, to date, Idaho has accumulated only 73 percent of normal snowpack.
Check out this SnoTel chart to see where the snow is — and isn't.
Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game Department Panhandle Region wildlife manager, says he needs a lot more snow in a hurry in order to do his winter aerial elk surveys.
Normal snowpack is needed to concentrate the elk on wintering areas and make them stand out for the count.