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Late-winter storms boost area snowpack levels

The snow level is down low which is good news for area agriculture producers in terms of water supplies for the upcoming planting and harvest season. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Mother Nature arrived late this winter and made up for lost time as a series of storms boosted snowpack and water levels across the region.

In what Natural Resources Conservation Service officials are calling a “remarkable and unexpected” recovery, a spate of winter squalls boosted snowpack to above normal levels locally and across the state.

According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s latest report, the February storm cycles “more than doubled the amount of snow on the ground in most locations, breaking many records along the way.”

A good example is found in the snowpack levels for the Owyhee and Malheur Basins, which furnish water . . .