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March 19, 2019: March precipitation has been 0.5 to 1.5 inches below normal in southern New York and much of Pennsylvania. In southeastern Pennsylvania and in New Jersey, precipitation has been about normal plus or minus one half inch or so. Temperatures have been 1 to 5 degrees below average. Over the past 90 days, precipitation has ranged from normal to 4 inches above with isolated wetter areas.

Scattered snow reports of 1 to as much as 3 or 4 inches of snow is on the ground in southeastern New York and northeastern-most Pennsylvania and mainly at higher elevations. The water equivalent of this snow (or the water in the snowpack that will be released when the snow melts) is 0.5 to 1.5 inches. Elsewhere, little or no snow is on the ground. This amount of snow, where it is deepest, could add up to a couple of feet of rise or additional rise (during a rainfall) to streams and rivers if it were to melt quickly. https://www.weather.gov/marfc/Snow

Current (March 19) data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are near or above normal. Groundwater levels are near or above normal.

The weather outlook through the rest of the month calls for a dry start but then above average precipitation. Temperatures are expected to be above average. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for March calls for near or above normal precipitation and below normal temperatures. The 90 day outlook for March through May calls for near or above average precipitation and above average temperatures.

The outlook for water resources and supplies is very good with little change expected in the next couple of weeks.

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