Snow Sticks Around

By Jayson Jacoby May 05, 2014 01:16 pm

Water Content Above Average In Elkhorns, Wallowas 


Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald Signs of spring abound in Baker Valley, including center pivot sprinklers nourishing newly planted crops, but high in the Elkhorn Mountains the snow is still several feet deep.
Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald Signs of spring abound in Baker Valley, including center pivot sprinklers nourishing newly planted crops, but high in the Elkhorn Mountains the snow is still several feet deep.

By Jayson Jacoby

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While most of Oregon and the West brace for possible water shortages this summer due to a scanty snowpack, the northeastern corner boasts a relative bounty.

This is the only part of the state where the snowpack is above average.

As of this morning, the water content in the snow in the region comprising the Burnt, Powder, Grande Ronde and Imnaha river basins is 9 percent above average.

In the Willamette River basin, by contrast, which includes much of the Central Cascades, the snowpack is just half of average.

See More in Monday's issue of the Baker City Herald.