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Rivers rising, even as snowpack grows

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC4 News) - Rain is falling -- and river levels are rising.

Even now, Utah's snowpack is at 150 to 200 percent of normal, a marked contrast from 2018, which was the driest year on record for the state of Utah.

"Hydrologists are looking at about 110-140% runoff, for this coming April through the end of July, so if it comes off at the right speed, we shouldn't see any problems," said Mark Struthwolf, a meteorologist with National Weather Service.

"But the longer it takes us to warm up, and if it happens very quickly, then we may see some issues," added Struthwolf.

"If we stay really cold, cool, up through April, early May, and then we turn the heat on -- that's a bad scenario," said Struthwolf.


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