March critical for snowpack level

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Updated: 2/20/2013 2:31 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The Sierra snowpack level sits at about 75% of where it needs to be by April 1.

The next few storms are critical.

"It's just going to be really important to see how how March turns out," Snow Forecaster Bryan Allegretto says.

The National Weather Service released it's Sierra Snow Water Comparison for the last month and though in December the snow to water equivalence was above average, but dry conditions in January and February forced it to plummet below average.

News 4 reported Monday federal land managers say they're already are preparing for a repeat of summer drought conditions in Nevada.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say it's possible drought conditions could again force the removal of livestock or temporary closure of grazing allotments on some federal land this summer.

According to the agency's Elko District office they already have a plan in place just in case there is a drought.

But Allegretto remains optimistic.

"Ski resorts are exactly on average for this point in the season, precipitation wise we're exactly on point, the snowpack is 25% behind, but we can pick that up," Allegretto says.

We asked Allegretto just how much snow we would need to see to get the snowpack level back on track.

"I think over 100 inches in the month of March is what we're going to need to get ourselves near average," Allegretto says.

Not an out of the ordinary request for the month of March.

"I remember back to quite a few days two seasons ago in March on Alpine and I remember riding a foot of snow on the closing day," Allegretto says.

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