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January 2020 Snowpack Update

The snowpack across the Western United States has received a significant boost during the first two weeks of 2020 thanks to cold temperatures and a parade of storms.

The big winners have been areas in the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies where storm-after-storm has delivered record-breaking snowfall, bottomless powder, and the snowpack near or above 100% compared to the 30-year average. 

The map below shows the percent of snowpack compared to the average snowpack for that day. Red is well below-average, yellow and green are below to near average, and blue/purple is well above-average. This is based on the weight of the snow on the ground, measured by automated backcountry weather stations called SNOTEL.

Looking for the latest update for your local mountain? The following Base Depth vs. Average graph is updated daily on OpenSnow and available to All-Access members for nearly every mountain location in the western US and Canada.

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