It's been a bad snow year in the mountains. How far behind are we?
Snow depth through mid January ranges from just 40% of average snowpack at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics and 43% at Snoqualmie pass, to 67% of average at White pass, 70% at Stevens pass and 79% of average at Mount Baker. There's no doubt we could be facing problems in terms of water supply and fire danger by summer IF we don't begin to catch up. But February and March can be major snow months in the passes. So it's entirely possible we could begin to catch up. By the way, this is by no means the worst year on record. At this point in 1981, Snoqualmie pass had no snow on the ground!