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With record low snow totals, Utah needs winter weather

A snowy mountain.
Mike Fox

Before the storm hit much of Utah on Thursday, the state set 8 consecutive daily records for the lowest amount of snow recorded in the mountains.

On the morning of December 9, the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows Utah with 1.2 inches of water stored in the snow in the mountains. That’s about a third of what’s typical for this time of year.

In a normal year, Utah would have 14.2 inches of water stored in the snowpack by early April. But the state desperately needs around 20 inches or so in order to fill up our reservoirs and avoid another drought next summer.

Getting 20 inches in the snowpack is possible. In April 2019, there were 21 inches.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!