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SPOKANE, Wash. - It has been a tough year on folks wanting the white stuff in the mountains. Dismal snowpack and pow-pow (powder) days, is leaving many snow-lovers wondering if we will rebound from the rough year we've had. Yes, snowpack is way behind for this time of year, at only 75% of average in Idaho and even worse in the Cascades. 

2015 Jan. Snowpack

Even in Spokane, snow has been something of a mystery. Other than the one day when we saw 4" that is the most we have seen all year with a winter total of 8" with small spurts in between. To give a reference, normally we have seen over 25" of snow by January 9th. 

Surprisingly though, this is not that uncommon.

In January 2014, many reporting sites into Idaho and even in the Cascades were only show between 30% up to about 75% of where the snow-pack should be. With even some areas in the Southern Cascades at less than 25% of normal.

2014 Jan. Snowpack

So this January 2015, is actually doing better than average. According to Snotel measurements Idaho is at nearly 80% of normal, while much of the Cascades are still only within the 30% range. So while it may not seem like it, we are ahead of last year.

Compare that to January 2013 though where parts of the Cascades were at or above 110% of their snow-pack. I'm sure many of us would love to see those sorts of levels again, but don't forget the season is still early. 

2013 Jan. Snowpack

Things can change quickly. If you are wanting snow in the mountains then quit reading from here to the end....

The next 7 days don't show a whole lot of moisture moving our way. There will be some snow in the mountains on Saturday but maybe a couple of inches. Not the type of even we are looking for. In the meantime, do a snow dance!

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