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Recent storms have given a boost to Wyoming's mountain snowpack, but it remains well below average

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CASPER, Wyoming — Recent storms have given a boost to Wyoming's mountain snowpack, but it remains well below average.

Figures released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the amount of water stored in drainage basins across the Cowboy State is at 80 percent of the long-term average.

The Tongue and Powder River basins have been hit the hardest, receiving about half as much snow as the average.

Only the Laramie and South Platte basins have received above-average amounts of snow.

The size of the winter snowpack has significant ramifications for agriculture, recreation and others that rely on rivers and streams fed by melting snow.

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