USDA: Oregon snowpack 'above normal' this year
Despite warmer, spring-like weather in March, as of April 1 most of Oregon has above normal snowpack levels according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Mountain snowpack affects the flow of waterways during the drier spring and summer months.
The report states that the surplus of snow gained in February replenished most of Oregon's snowpack.
Many rivers and streams are expected to have average to above-average flow levels for drier months except potentially rivers in northwest Oregon and the Upper Deschutes Basin.
The region of Hood, Sandy and Lower Deschutes is the only area with below average snowpack at 86% of normal.
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