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Early snowmelt in OR mountains due to warm April according to new report

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Snowmelt rates have nearly doubled at many sites across Oregon due to the record-breaking, warm April temperatures, according to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Oregon's snowmelt is well-below normal as of May 1, according to the May Water Supply Outlook Report released by NRCS.

NRCS said the total statewide snowpack is at 58 percent of normal.

"It's normal for about half of our sites to be snow-free on the first of May, but currently two-thirds the sites are bare," said NRCS Hydrologist Julie Koeberle. "In many of these cases, the snow melted one to four weeks early. Fortunately, temperatures cooled off during the last week of April and slowed the rate of snowmelt during that time."

According to the report, the loss of snowpack in April has lead to a drop in streamflow volume statewide. Most streams and rivers are now forecasted for below normal volumes.

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