Snowpack news

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From the Steamboat Pilot & Today: “…the moisture stored in the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs already is above average. The Natural Resources Con servation Service is reporting that the combined Yampa and White river basins are standing at 108 percent of average moisture for this date…

“Moisture content ranges from a low of 93 percent of average at the old Columbine Lodge site on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass, to 120 percent of average at the Elk River measuring site on the western edge of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area in North Routt. Columbine is on the east side of the Continental Divide, and the water there runs away from the Yampa Valley, Jazwick said. Closer to home, at the Rabbit Ears site on the west side of the pass, moisture content is 110 percent of average at an elevation of 9,400 feet. Remote sensing devices mon itored by the NRCS show the snow depth at Rabbit Ears stood at 58.3 inches Monday, down from a recent high of 61.7 inches March 2. The fresh snow settled 1.3 inches between Sunday and Monday.”

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