Northern Nevada has first snow survey of season

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - With 30 inches of snow depth containing 7.9 inches of water content, the first snow survey of 2019 ranks 11th lowest in 39 years. Even though water precipitation and soil moisture is below normal, you shouldn’t worry just yet.

The survey was done January 2, 2019 at the Mt. Rose summit.

“Even if we end up to an average to below average-type year, Lake Tahoe being our biggest reservoir by far, we should be able to carry through the summer months and fall season as far as meeting the water supply,” says Dave Wathen, Chief Deputy Water Master.

State Hydrologist Jeff Anderson says most of the basins across northern Nevada are getting more snow than Mt. Rose.

“We are just over a third of the way of our snow accumulation season, which usually ends April 1, so we have a lot of time to make it up,” he says.

With a lot of unknown weather ahead of us, the hope is that those numbers will see an uptick before summer is here.