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Snow yeah! Oregon mountain snowpack ahead of normal

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) Oregon's snowpack remained abundant in January and scientists are beginning to make optimistic predictions about the state's water supply.

The Statesman Journal reports that the snowpack is at or above normal throughout the state and western Oregon is no longer in a drought.

By this time last year, much of the state's precipitation had turned to rain and ski areas were closed or struggling.

Oregon State University Climate Change Institute associate director Kathie Dello says she was expecting warmer-than-average temperatures because of the weather pattern known as El Nino. Dello says the cold, snowy storms have been a pleasant surprise.

February and March are expected to see above-average temperatures, but Dello says that should be OK.

She says there's not much doubt that this summer's water supply will be better than last year's.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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