ASHLAND, Ore.,--Jackson County has 67% of the snow it usually has this time of year. Last year, Jackson County was even farther below the average at just 41% in February 2018. These numbers are small compared to February of 2016, where Jackson County had 140% of what's normal for snowfall.
Jackson County watermaster, Shavon Haynes, told me the the snow fall being below average at this time of year, isn't worrisome yet.
"The positive thing with that is it's still pretty early in the accumulation season. We have a few months to go, of course, my hope is that we've still got some pretty good events to come through to really add to that snow pack," says Haynes.
Snow levels can help city planners predict the amount of runoff into reservoirs and streams that will happen in the warmer months. But it isn't just the amount of snow that determines how much water runoff there is, but the density of the snow.
This month, the snow in Jackson County was measured at about 40% density. The more dense snow is, the higher the water content is.