GOVERNMENT CAMP -- Late winter and spring snowstorms have brought the snowpack on Mount Hood within 99 percent of normal.

Snow is 12 feet deep near Timberline where the most recent measurements were taken, said hydrologist Julie Koeberle of the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Portland. That's about 60 inches of water depth, she said.

On the first of February, the snowpack was only half of normal.

"At that time, we needed two months of above-average precipitation," Koeberle explained. She added that although it rarely happens, "We got it!"

Temperatures this week in Western Oregon are expected to hit the 80s, but despite that, Koeberle predicted that the snowpack should melt slowly through the spring.

The added amount should keep streams at normal levels throughout the summer.

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