During January alone, 170 inches of snow fell at the Alta ski area near Salt Lake City, Utah, more than twice the normal amount for the month,
eclipsing the previous record of 168 inches that fell in 1967. At the end of winter, seasonal precipitation for the West was well above average.
Mountain snow pack exceeded 150 percent of average in large parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oregon at the end of February.
Spring run-off from the above average snow pack in the West is expected to be beneficial in drought plagued areas. In addition, snow cover extent reached record levels in the Northern Hemisphere during January and was followed by above average snow cover for the month of February.
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