The second snowpack and water supply report has been released for Sheridan County, and while there is a slight drop in the Tongue River drainage, both the Tongue and Clear Creek drainages remain above average, and for the most part are unchanged from the February 1st report. National Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Brad Holliday says that there are two major factors that will determine the snowpack come the end of winter, the first being precipitation.
With above average snowfall the past several years coupled with warm springtime temperatures, Sheridan County has experienced minor flooding, especially in the lowland areas. Holliday says that the ideal runoff would be slow and controlled.
Both drainages are substantially higher than the same time last year, as the Tongue is 58% higher and Clear Creek is 50% higher. The report summarizes manual snow course data take from February 23 through the 28th, and March 1st, snotel data.Holliday said that there will be two more monthly snowpack reports issued for the season.