June 1 snow measurement third most since 1980s

June 1 snow measurement third most since 1980s
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IDAHO CITY, Idaho - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service measured the snow at Mores Creek Summit near Idaho City Wednesday morning.

There are 44 inches of measurable snow with 22 inches of snow water at Moore’s Creek Summit. It’s the third largest since records have been kept in the early 1980s.

In snow water, the record was in 1983 at 24.4 inches. In 1982, the second largest was 24. Currently, we sit at 22 inches of snow water, which is the third largest.

Wednesday's measurement sits at twice normal for this time of the year where the average measurement for June 1 at Moore’s Creek Summit is around 20 inches snow depth and 10 inches snow water total.

The KBOI Stormtracker 2 weather team was the first to tell you in August of 2010 that the La Nina for the winter and spring would bring an enormous snow pack this year.

So, what's this all mean for the Treasure Valley?

The Boise River will likely be near flood stage flows until at least the end of June. That’s the time right now being set to allow the three reservoirs to completely fill up something that typically happens by Memorial Day Weekend.

Right now we are benefiting from our weather pattern which has kept us out of long periods of 80s and 90s. A string of 80s and 90s would lead to 1-2 inches of water flow into the reservoirs in 24 hours as opposed to the half-inch a day now.