Washington snowpack slightly above average



Mount Hood, Ore. — Mountain snowpack in Washington remains slightly above average for this time of year, according to snow surveys conducted this week.

As of Thursday, the state enjoyed an overall snowpack that’s 109 percent of average, said Jon Lea of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

On Oregon’s Mount Hood, snowpack has caught up to average after a slow start early in the winter. A survey on the mountain Thursday measured 147 inches of snow, or about 99 percent of average, Lea said. That’s among the highest in Oregon, which has an overall snowpack of just 73 percent of average. Northern California and Nevada are even lower, he said.