A single snowy day wasn’t enough to make up for almost three mainly dry weeks.
But it helped.
The Thursday storm that drenched Baker City and other lower-elevation places with rain yielded heavy snow in the mountains, where the snowpack has been scanty.
And although the water content in the snow remains below average across Northeastern Oregon, the forecast calls for damp and increasingly chilly weather over the next week or so.
Thursday’s storm was especially generous to the Wallowa Mountains.
At Schneider Meadow north of Halfway, the snowpack was less than half of average on Thursday morning.
But 12 inches of snow fell there during Thursday, and the automated snowpack measuring station recorded an increase of 1.6 inches in water content during the day.
That boosted the water content to 9.9 inches, which is 61 percent of average as of this morning.
At Moss Springs, on the western side of the Wallowas above Cove, Thursday’s storm dropped nine inches of snow and increased the water content by 1.3 inches.
As of this morning the water content was 10.6 inches — 79 percent of average.
In the Elkhorns, Anthony Lakes Ski Area measured 14 inches of new snow last week.
The snowpack measuring station at Bourne, about seven miles north of Sumpter, recorded 6 inches of new snow and 0.6 inches of water content on Thursday.
See more in the Jan. 15, 2018, issue of the Baker City Herald.