Good initial Arizona snowpack

Arizona snowpack levels are above to well above normal in all basins, according to the initial 2010 Arizona snowpack report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The snowpack was 118 percent of average in the San Francisco-Upper Gila River Basin to 213 percent of average in the Verde River Basin as of Jan. 1, 2010.

Statewide snowpack is well above normal at 161 percent of average, NRCS reports. Monitoring stations indicate December precipitation ranged from 114 percent to 179 percent of average in the basins.

The Salt and Verde River reservoir system stands at 73 percent of capacity while the San Carlos Reservoir is at less than 1 percent of capacity.

The initial season forecast generally calls for normal to slightly above normal stream flow levels for the spring runoff period.

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