Wyoming’s snowpack is roughly 20% lower than it was at this time last year. It’s currently at 83% of what is considered normal. But state water supply specialist Lee Hackleman says forecasts indicate that 2013 will be a “neutral year”, meaning we may end up with only slightly below average snowpack going into the summer.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is warning that the warm, dry weather this spring could drive up winter hay prices.
Wyoming’s snowpack is less than 30 percent of average, and Water Supply Specialist Lee Hackleman says farmers who get their water by diverting streams and rivers will be left high and dry.
“There’ll be a lot of people who will probably get their first cutting irrigated but won’t have any water for their second cutting,” Hackleman said. “So there’s liable to be a hay shortage again this winter.”