First snow survey of the season to be held at Mt. Rose Summit

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Winter arrived just a few weeks ago, but we have already seen our fair share of snow, especially in the Sierra.

The first snow survey of the 2017-18 snow season. Photo by Terri Russell/KOLO.

From preliminary numbers, Hydrologist Jeff Anderson says they are pleased with the overall numbers because they know it's going to change as the season progresses.

Out of the 85 SNOTEL sites across Nevada, Anderson says the snow pack is above normal. But when it comes to the water year to date precipitation, we are below normal.

Anderson says he isn't worried about the year to date precipitation because rain usually comes in big chunks.

"Every winter is different and that is what is really interesting about my job really, tracking how that snow pack develops,” said Anderson. “Right now we have a good snow pack and that is money in the bank. It's a lot better than having no snow all the way until March and wondering what our water supply is going to look like."

Anderson says the storms before and after Thanksgiving played a big role in the snow pack being above normal.

The official measurement will be taken near the Mount Rose Summit on January 6, 2020 at 11 a.m.

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