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Snowpack accumulation in the Rocky Mountains continues to lag behind normal, irrigation and public power engineer Corey Steinke said.

As of Feb. 4, snowpack accumulation in the upper North Platte River basin that feeds Lake McConaughy was 76 percent of normal.

In the lower North Platte River basin, less than two inches of snow/water equivalent has accumulated, or 29 percent of average.

Snowpack accumulation in the South Platte River basin is currently 61 percent of normal.

Reservoirs in Wyoming held average amounts of water last fall, Steinke told the board of directors of the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, but if snowpack conditions don't improve, Wyoming reservoirs are likely to end the irrigation season with below normal amounts.

Wyoming reservoirs provide water for farms in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska and return flows provide the majority of inflows to Lake McConaughy.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/8/2013
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