New climate & water report shows much of Utah in red zone

New climate & water report shows much of Utah in red zone (Photo: USDA/NRCS National Water and Climate Center)

(KUTV) - Brian Head Ski Resort is sitting pretty in the snow after receiving 10 inches of fresh powder Monday night. Mark Wilder, with the resort, tells 2News that it’s finally starting to look like winter.

“Timing couldn’t have been better because we were a little bit worried, but things are good.” Wilder said, “This will get us through the season as well as help the farmers.”

It’s been a difficult time for the town of Brian Head since the 70,000+ acre fire hit and with the slow start to winter this year.

But this 10-inch snowfall is seen as great news for the skiers, snowboarders and local businesses in Brian Head but for everyone else, unfortunately, that storm didn’t put a dent in the overall lack of moisture throughout the state according to National Weather Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

A new report released by the NRCS shows that the Central and Southern parts of Utah in the red zone, which means they are below 50% of normal snow water levels.

Areas <50%

  • Provo-Utah-Jordan
  • Southeastern Utah
  • Dirty Devil
  • Tooele-Vernon
  • San Pitch
  • Upper Sevier River
  • Price – San Rafel
  • Escalante River
  • Beaver River
  • Southwestern Utah

Areas between 50% - 69%

  • Lower Sevier River
  • Duchesne River
  • Weber/Ogden

Areas between 70% - 89%

  • Bear River
  • Northeastern Uintah’s
  • Raft River

Though things are looking dry around the state, Wilder believes it’s important to celebrate the small victories; like this snow.

“Once it came again the guests came out skiers came out, our numbers looked pretty good,” Wilder said.

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