Idaho Snow Report

June 13 2024
Active Winter Storm Warnings


June 13 2024

Snowpack levels across the state are currently 28% of normal. The deepest snowpack in Idaho was last observed at Nohrsc Cool Creek with a snowpack depth of 35”, about 91% of normal when compared to it's 39" average depth for this time of year. Schweitzer Basin, perched at an elevation of 6,090 ft., is currently experiencing some of the coldest temps in Idaho with air temps last recorded at 52 degrees.

More snowfall is expected this week, and areas like Nohrsc Hoodoo Basin are forecasted to receive up to 2" of snowfall in the next 5 days.




Snowpack conditions in Idaho vary significantly across the state's various mountain ranges. The Sawtooth and Smoky Mountains, as well as the Bitterroot Range, provide crucial snow for Idaho's water supply. The high-elevation snowpack in these ranges feeds into the Salmon, Snake, and Boise Rivers, which contribute to the water supply of surrounding watersheds.

Idaho's winter climate is characterized by cold temperatures and abundant precipitation, particularly in the higher elevations. The state experiences a variety of snowfall patterns, including heavy snowfall in the northern regions and drier conditions in the southern areas. Snowfall typically begins in October and lasts through April, with peak accumulation occurring in February.

Snow science and history in Idaho reveal fascinating insights. The state is home to renowned snow researchers and avalanche forecasters, contributing to advancements in snow science. Idaho's mountains have witnessed significant snow events throughout history, such as the Big Burn in 1910, which saw an immense snowfall followed by devastating wildfires. Monitoring snowpack conditions is crucial for water resource management and mitigating the risk of avalanches in the mountainous regions of Idaho.

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