After hard winter, Oregon snowpack rebounds

Oregon snowpack 138% above normal

A snow mover at Mount Hood Meadows, March 7, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The statewide snowpack for Oregon is 138% above normal after a harsh winter that featured plenty of snow and heavy rainfall.

The Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service released numbers Tuesday that also show above-average precipitation statewide.

The last time Oregon’s snowpack was well above normal on March 1 was in 2008, when it was 157% of normal.

Last year, Oregon’s snowpack was 94% of normal.

Scott Oviatt, a hydrologist with the USDA, says snow accumulation in February was twice the normal amount at many monitoring locations.

The combined news is a boon for farmers who have struggled with drought recently in much of the state.