Winter Snowfall Key For Next Year's Water Supply


By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) After a dry summer and water shortages, early season snowfall across the northwest is creating hope that next year might not be quite as bad.

"To start off this weekend we're expecting about a foot of snow in West Yellowstone, up in the Yellowstone area. And that's going to help out a lot if we can keep that streak going," said Tony McCammon with the University of Idaho Extension Office.

But we still have plenty of ground to make up. We are going into the fall and winter much drier than normal.

"We're going in pretty low. The carryover is 23,000 cubic feet of water this year. And okay year would be about 55 a good year would be about 75 so we really need to take that into consideration. We're pretty low," McCammon told us.

Many of the canal systems faced water shortages as early as July. The twin falls canal system is planning to shut off water around October 15th. But there are planting options going into the fall and winter.

"Brian up at the Canal system said that we should be planting a lot of fall grains. They're going to take a lot less water. We don't really know where we're out. Really water the heck out of your soil, get some good soil moisture going into fall, going into winter. Really plant your grains and those will depending on how things go next Spring those will definitely not take as much water and we'll be able to get into that second crop," said McCammon.

Watching the snowfall this winter across the Northwest will be key in determining how next year's water supply will be.