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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 26 2014

Weather Talk: Upcoming weather will determine snow melt rate

March is coming, and March is the month when snow usually melts or at least starts to melt.

There are several factors that will contribute to how quickly the snow melts this year. First of all, the depth of the snow is not as important as the amount of water in the snow. There is a bit more than 2 inches of water, which is less than average.

Such limited water will melt readily once it warms up. That is the next factor: the temperature. Snow does not necessarily melt when the air gets above 32. Rather, snow melts when the temperature of the snow, itself, is above 32. And the snowpack is very cold at the moment due to our very cold winter.

But the overriding factor contributing to snow melt rate this spring is the biggest unknown: upcoming weather. Upcoming temperatures, sunshine, wind, humidity and precipitation all contribute to the melt rate. One thing is known with certainty. It will eventually all melt.


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