Snow survey reveals well above average numbers

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Updated: 1/03/2013 1:34 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The first of the year snow survey is in. Hydrologists with the Natural Resources Conservation Service took media crews up to Mt. Rose Ski Resort to reveal the depth so far of this year's snowpack.

Hydrologists measured about 90 inches of snow on Thursday, about 7 and a half feet.

The snowpack showed a 30-percent density and 27 inches of water.

According to Hydrologist with NRCS Dan Greenlee the survey reveals nothing, but positive numbers for the supply of drinking water and water in our reservoirs for the year.

Hydrologists say it's safe to say the area will fully recover from the very dry season last year.

"Tremendous snowpack up here, looking at almost double our average for this time of year for this site and that's just fantastic compared to last year," Greenlee says.

Snowpack surveys date back to the early 1900's as far as a practice.

Greenlee says it's a marathon rather than a sprint and they don't anticipate things to wind down until mid March or April.

The snow survey is the first of five for the year.
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