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Utah breaks record for state's largest snowpack ever

Posted at 8:37 AM, Mar 24, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY — The intense winter - and now spring - may have felt especially snowy and now Utah has the numbers to back it up with the breaking a state record.

On Friday, Utah broke the record for snowpack with 26.1 inches of snow water equivalent, now the largest since the winter of 1952.

The last time the state hit that milestone of 26 inches was in 1983.

The record comes as many northern Utah mountain areas hit 700-inches of snow this season.

Officials emphasized that while it's enjoyable to watch records being broken, staying "conservation-conscious" will help to build water storage or inevitable dry years that will happen again in the future.

The latest drought update reported that severe drought covers 39 percent of the state compared to last year at the same time when 96 percent of the state was in severe drought.

In particular, the Great Salt Lake has greatly benefited with the epic snowfall totals and has already risen two feet since hitting its historic low set in November 2022.

In comparison, the lake barely rose a foot for the entirety of 2022.