Snowpack news: Upper Colorado River Basin at 65%

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From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Matt Barnes):

Snowpack in the high-elevation mountains above Middle Park now ranges from 43 percent to 92 percent of the 30-year average, with the highest readings on the east side of the valley, and the lowest readings on the north side. This is very similar to, and on average slightly less than, 2002 — the driest Feb.1 since 1981 (when snowpack was a scant 40 percent of average). Snowpack for the total Colorado River Basin within the state of Colorado is slightly above 2002 levels. Snow density is averaging 22 percent, which means that for a foot of snow there are 2.6 inches of water.

From The Aspen Times:

…the Roaring Fork watershed’s snowpack slipped from 85 percent to 83 percent during the month, according to a report released Wednesday…

Colorado’s weather is considerably drier this winter than last winter, the report said. The statewide snowpack is just 73 percent of last year’s snowpack at the same point in the season. The Jan. 1 and Feb. 1 snowpack levels were the lowest since 2003, the report said…

In the Roaring Fork basin, the snowpack in the Fryingpan Valley is particularly low, the conservation service data showed. The level at Nast Lake, at an elevation of 8,700 feet, was only 55 percent of the long-term average. At the Kiln site farther up the valley, the snowpack was only 59 percent of average. At Ivanhoe, a lake at 10,400 feet in elevation, the snowpack was 82 percent of average. The Crystal River Valley also lost the healthy snowpack it had stockpiled earlier in the season. The North Lost Trail area near Marble had a snowpack 78 percent of average. At McClure Pass it was 83 percent of average and at Schofield Pass it was 98 percent of average. The conservation service said its computerized Snotel site half-way between Aspen and the summit of Independence Pass was at 92 percent of average. The Aspen-area snowpack compared favorably to many parts of the state as of Wednesday. Copper Mountain was at 66 percent of average while Vail Mountain was at 68 percent of average, the conservation service’s data showed. Hoosier Pass near Breckenridge was at 84 percent of average while Rabbit Ears near Steamboat Springs was at only 53 percent of average. Snotel sites near southwest ski areas showed heathier snowpacks. Wolf Creek summit was at 115 percent of average while Lizard Head Pass outside of Telluride was at 111 percent.

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