TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Snowpack levels across the state are running lower than average this month, Idaho water officials said.

National Resource Conservation Service water supply specialist Ron Abramovich said this is the lowest January snowpack measurement since 1988. Still, he said, there's time for snow-dumping storms to replenish the state's water supply before April.

The agency tracks the amount of water in the snowpack as a way to help predict the amount of available water during the summer.

The Upper Snake Basin has 72 percent of its average snowpack level, and the Salmon Falls Basin is at just 43 percent of average. In the Big Wood Basin, snowpack is 70 percent of normal and the Little Wood Basin is at 60 percent.

Snowpack levels are at 68 percent in the Boise Basin, and 23 percent in the Owyhee Basin.

Abramovich said the situation isn't as dire as it sounds. Reservoirs are still full from last year's wet spring, providing enough of a margin to get the state through a low snowpack year, he said.

But that would leave many of the reservoirs without extra water to save for the summer of 2013.

"The excellent reservoir carryover created a little security for farmers and irrigators," Abramovich said. "It's like money in the bank for them."


Information from: The Times-News,

Copyright 2012 The AP.

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