Snowpack news

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From the Montrose Daily Press (Kati O’Hare): ““Snow pack at the present time is 99 percent of average, but only 77 percent of last year,” said Dan Crabtree, water management group chief for the Bureau of Reclamation. Last year, the snowfall in the Gunnison Basin filled up reservoir storage resulting in some water being released early to make room for more runoff. The Uncompahgre Water Users Association reported that it didn’t have to dip into reservoir storage until April because of the wet spring and slow melt off. A recent storm that hit the area is helping the snow pack numbers. Currently, snow pack is at 99 percent of average, but is only 77 percent of last year, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. That is not the case this year, said Steve Fletcher, UWUA water master for the Olathe/Delta area.

“Crabtree said the Uncompahgre Valley has good storage rights in Taylor Reservoir, which is located at 9,900 feet and holds 106,000 acre-feet of water (there is 326,000 gallons per acre-feet). He said that reservoir looks to be in good condition and should fill.”

From the Steamboat Pilot & Today (Zach Fridell): “Steamboat Ski Area is in the running for its fifth-highest snow amount in the past 15 years with 368.5 inches reported Tuesday morning, half an inch shy of the total amount recorded in 1999. The amount is still far less than last year’s record 489 inches, but [National Wea ther Service forecaster Joe Ramey] said the snow will keep falling as several storms approach…

“Ramey said Steamboat is above average this year, with Rabbit Ears Pass at 110 percent of average snowfall and the Yampa and White River Basin at 106 percent of average.”

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