Snowpack news: This week’s storms boosts mountain snowpack

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From the Associated Press (Catherine Tsai) via the The Aspen Times:

The National Weather Service said 23 inches of snow fell by Wednesday morning in Jefferson County west of Denver and about 9 inches in Denver. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued an avalanche warning for Front Range mountains. Eldora ski area near Boulder picked up 18 inches of new snow, but the Western Slope saw lesser amounts. Aspen-area ski slopes picked up 5 to 7 inches of fresh snow. Still, the storm boosted the mountain snowpack, which accounts for much of Colorado’s water when it melts during the warm months. As of Wednesday, the snow totals were below average in the northern half of the state and roughly average in the south…

Aspen Mountain was reporting 6 inches of new snow — on top of 21 inches of new snow that piled up last weekend. Snowmass reported 7 inches over the past 24 hours; it has seen 25 inches of new snow since the weekend storm that moved in Friday. Aspen Highlands picked up 5 inches (24 since last weekend) and Buttermilk reported 5 inches (23 since last weekend)…

At ski resorts elsewhere around the state, Powderhorn reported 10 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, while Breckenridge picked up 8 inches. Most resorts reported totals in the 5- to 6-inch range, though Steamboat had 2 inches, Telluride reported 3, and Wolf Creek and Crested Butte both picked up just an inch.

From the Boulder Daily Camera (Vanessa Miller):

So far this season, 122.9 inches of snow have been measured in Boulder, including the 11.6 inches that fell Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, snarling traffic and breaking tree limbs. That already ranks it as Boulder’s eighth-snowiest season, but Boulder meteorologist Matt Kelsch said an average April brings a foot of snow, and last April brought 20.4 inches. “It’s definitely not over yet,” he said.

From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Maria St. Louis-Sanchez):

By the time the storm started dying down early Wednesday, northern El Paso County had up to 11 inches and Chipita Park in Ute Pass had a foot on the ground.

From the Summit County Citizens Voice (Bob Berwyn):

The latest storm to roll through Colorado delivered snow from Steamboat all the way down to Wolf Creek, with the brunt of the action along the Front Range, where Eldora and Echo Mountain both picked up more than a foot of snow…

In the Summit-Eagle resort corridor, ski areas reported 5 to 8 inches, with the highest total at Breckenridge. Loveland and Copper reported 6 inches. Similar amounts were reported by the Aspen ski areas.

From The Greeley Tribune (Bill Jackson):

The storm that moved into the area late Tuesday afternoon and snowed most of the night dumped anywhere from 2 to 10 inches of snow across Weld, with the heavier amounts in the western part of the county. The University of Northern Colorado, the official weather site for Greeley, got 6.1 inches.

Dryland farmers who grow winter wheat and other small grains depend on Mother Nature for moisture, so the early spring storms are important. That’s especially true for the winter wheat, which is planted in the fall, goes dormant, then starts to grow in early spring. Harvest of that crop usually starts in early July. “It was just ideal,” said Jerry Cooksey of Cooksey Farms southeast of Roggen in southeast Weld. He estimated that area got 6 inches of snow with 1 inch of moisture…

Darrell Hanavan, director of Colorado Wheat Growers, said the latest storm “came exactly in the area where we needed it most,” which was in the area west of Limon. East of Limon, he said, has received good moisture since the first of the year.

From the Longmont times-Call (Pierrette J. Shields):

As of 6 a.m., Times-Call weather consultant Dave Larison said Longmont had received 8 inches of snow from the latest storm, bringing the seasonal total to 67.6 inches — the eighth highest total on record. Longmont’s snowfall data goes back exactly 100 years to the 1909-1910 season. The seasonal average is 45 inches.

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