The early snowstorms have adds inches and, indeed, feet of snow to the higher elevations of the Northwest.

The Idaho Natural Resource Conservation Service in Boise reports that that northern and central Idaho are above average for this time of year. The mountains in the Panhandle are about 143 percent of average.

An Associated Press report quotes hydrologist Ron Abramovich as saying pockets in central Idaho are near record highs. For instance, Big Wood basin near Sun Valley is at 158 percent and Big Lost basin has snowpack up to 193 percent of average.

He also said that rain in the lower elevations has helped recharge the dry ground, which has been experiencing drought.

Meanwhile, in the Bitterroot Valley, the Latest average for the Bitterroot River drainage from NRCS puts snow-water content at 92 percent of average.