UVM snow study aims to educate outdoor enthusiasts

A snow study at UVM is tracking the amount, and type of snow Vermont sees, in order to better understand snow's relationship to the state.
Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 7:21 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A snow study at the University of Vermont is tracking the amount and type of snow Vermont sees in order to better understand snow’s relationship to the state.

They believe by better tracking snowfall, they will be able to understand how a lack of snow would impact water quality and outdoor recreation.

Snow stations are scattered around Mt. Mansfield and down the Champlain Valley, into Lake Champlain.

Researchers say they already see changes to snow patterns, so this will make data more readily available. They also hope to educate those that benefit from the snow.

“You could go skiing and ski right past one of our stations, so I think a hope is to have a plaque or information around there so people can get more informed about what’s going on,” UVM researcher Kate Hale said.

Through the research, they hope to better understand changes to snow patterns, their impact on water quality, snowmelt timing, and its relationship to Vermonters.