NM snowpack light compared to past years

March 9, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Another blast of winter weather is moving over northern New Mexico, but officials say the overall snowpack in the mountains remains light compared with past years.

The latest water [auth] supply forecasts from the Natural Resources Conservation Service show the current snowpack is between 20 percent and 40 percent the average over the last three decades.

Forecasters tell the Santa Fe New Mexican ( that the potential for more moisture this spring depends on whether the storm track favors New Mexico.

Snow melting in the higher elevations usually finds its way down the mountainsides to feed river flows. How long the snowpack lasts will depend on temperature and wind.

New Mexico is bracing for low river flows as it enters its third consecutive year of drought.

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