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National Weather Service

ELKO — The only big storm to hit Nevada in January dumped up to a foot and a half of snow in the east central part of the state – but left Elko County high and dry.

The winter had been very warm and dry across the region leading up to the Jan. 19-21 storm, according to the National Weather Service.

“The cold front dropped temps significantly and low pressure developed over east-central Nevada and tracked northeast into Utah. … When all was said and done, a general 1-4 inches of snow fell across northern and western valleys,” stated the agency on its website.

White Pine County took the brunt of the storm, with more than a foot of snow in many locations and 17 inches in Ely.

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Elko ended up with a scant 0.47 of an inch of precipitation for the month, which is less than half of the normal 1.12 inches.

The first four months of the water year that began Oct. 1 are also running at about half the normal amount, with only 2.17 inches of precipitation.

The extended forecast for Elko calls for dry weather and highs in the 50s over the next week.

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