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Winter off to slow start in northern Wyoming, where snow levels lag behind the average


SHERIDAN, Wyoming — Winter has gotten off to a slow start in northern Wyoming, where snow levels are lagging behind the average.

Recent data from the University of Wyoming's Water Resource Data System indicate the Tongue River Basin total precipitation is less than half of the median. As of Friday morning, snowfall is only 44 percent of the average, while the basin's snow-water equivalent sits at 35 percent of average.

The Sheridan Press reports (http://bit.ly/1QMMKL5 ) that neighboring river basins, such as the Bighorn Basin and the Powder River Basin, are experience low snow-water equivalent and precipitation levels as well.

National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Chambers says areas east of the Rocky Mountains are projected to experience a slightly warmer and dryer winter season.

Information from: The Sheridan (Wyo.) Press, http://www.thesheridanpress.com/

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