BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (News4Utah) As another winter storm strikes the state, is it enough to reverse the abysmal snow totals in the Northern Utah mountains?
“I work at a high school and everyone is complaining quite a bit about not having as much powder as previous years,” said Travis Nolan.
“No snow is kind of a bummer,” Chase Gillegos said.
“Going up today hoping it was going to be a little snowier but it was not there today,” said Ryan Ellison.
As ski instructors, Ryan and Kate Ellison know snow.
“This looks like November but it is January. I’m kind of scared,” Ryan said.
The couple echoes what hydrologists confirm: this year ranks among the top ten for worst snow pack.
“It’s looking bad,” said Snow Survey hydrologist Troy Brosten.
What would it take to get back to normal?
Brosten says a major storm must drop one to two feet of snow every week for the rest of the season.
“It is possible we could recover. There is a chance. But every day that goes by without accumulation is another day putting another nail in the coffin,” said Brosten.
Brosten says we have just a 10 to 20 percent chance to pull through. Tough odds, but skiers remain hopeful.
“It’s a tough year but we’ve made it through worse. Hopefully it comes and Mother Nature is going to change,” said Ryan Ellison.
Reservoirs remain around 75% capacity after last year’s heavy snow. Even with less accumulation in 2018, most areas should be just fine this summer, according to Brosten.