North Idaho

Lack of snow hurts Idaho snowpack levels

BOISE, Idaho - Below normal precipitation in January has caused a decline in snowpack across much of the state.

Federal water supply experts say the lackluster January creates hopes for a snowy February to avert concern about the water supply for the upcoming growing season.

National Resource Conservation Specialist Ron Abramovich says snowpack decreased by up to 30 percent from a month ago -- with snowpack ranging from a low of 75 percent to 128 percent of normal.

Most basins began the season in good shape, and he says it's too soon to panic as recent years have shown declines from one dry month can be reversed.

But two dry months in a row can create negative impacts on the water supply.

The report also shows stream flow forecasts decreased across the state.