Snowpack news: Northern part of Colorado pinning its hopes on a wet El Niño spring

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From The Greeley Tribune (Bill Jackson):

Water content of the snowpack in the Poudre and Big Thompson canyons, with a couple of exceptions, is below the long-term and last year averages, and a lot of snow will be needed this month, traditionally the snowiest month of the winter season. “I’ve been talking to some folks who say we’re in the same kind of weather pattern we were had in ‘03 when we got that huge spring storm that dumped about 5 feet of snow. But who knows?” John Fusaro said. Fusaro, along with Todd Boldt from the Fort Collins office of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service take monthly surveys through the end of April of the snowpack in the two canyons that feed northern Colorado with water.

From the Sky-Hi Daily News:

A check of nearby ski resort websites indicates that Winter Park received the most snow out of the mini-system, with 16 inches of fresh powder reported during the past 24 hours. The only other resort that even came close was Loveland, with 11 inches. Snow tapered off quickly to the west, with Arapaho Basin reporting seven inches, Breckenridge five inches and Vail one inch.

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