Snowpack news

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From the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Dennis Webb):

With snowpack levels below average in the Upper Colorado River Basin, the forecast is for runoff from melting snow to range from 70 to 90 percent of average within much of the river and its tributaries. The volume at Cameo is projected to be 75 percent of average, and the volume forecast for the Gunnison River in Grand Junction is 83 percent of average. Flows into Lake Powell are expected to be 70 to 75 percent of normal…

Snow levels on Grand Mesa, which supplies municipal water to Grand Junction and Palisade, also are in decent shape, [Bryon Lawrence, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction] said. The snowpack level at Mesa Lakes on Thursday was 88 percent of normal, the Conservation Service reports.

From the Telluride Daily Planet (Matthew Beaudin):

According to a report released by the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction hydrologist, the San Juan Mountains are holding slightly more snow than normal but the water tables north of here aren’t as set, with roughly 25 percent less snowpack than normal. “It’s been a moderately strong El Niño, which has peaked and is starting to weaken,” said Bryon Lawrence, the service hydrologist for the NWS in Grand Junction. “Most of western Colorado, despite the drier conditions, is still in pretty good shape.”[…]

According to the report, runoff volumes in early spring will range from 70-90 percent of normal in the Upper Colorado River and its tributaries across the central and northern mountains, such as the Yampa River near Steamboat Springs. South of there, though, flows are expected to be at or above average. The San Juan should run at about 102 percent of normal and the Animas at 93 percent. The San Miguel and Dolores rivers are anticipated to run at 95 percent of normal…

Southeastern Utah has seen a monster winter, and its snowpack is at 150 percent of normal in the Abajo mountains. Spring inflows into Lake Powell are expected to come in at about 70 percent of normal. Lawrence said that in spite of the below-average snowfall across the state, reservoirs are full because Colorado enjoyed a few years of above-average precipitation.

From the Indy Blog (Pam Zubeck):

Although some portions of the Rockies are less snowy than normal, Pikes Peak received 187 percent of its normal precipitation from Feb. 1 to 15. That, coupled with higher-than-usual storage, makes for a sunny outlook for water supply, Colorado Springs Utilities water expert Kevin Lusk said Wednesday…

He said the Springs’ storage of water stands at 76 percent capacity, compared to the 34-year average of 63 percent this time of year. Rampart Reservoir is at 90 percent capacity and Pikes Peak storage at 78 percent of capacity.

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