Snowpack news: Third snowiest winter on record for Fort Collins

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From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):

This year’s snow season, which runs from the beginning of September through the end of April, saw 84.6 inches of snow fall at the weather station on CSU’s main campus. More snow fell in 1988 and 1980, when 114 inches fell on the city. Most of the snow this winter fell early in the season, when October turned out to be an unusually cold and snowy month, said Don Day of DayWeather in Cheyenne. Once the snow season entered the new year, however, Fort Collins experienced a dry spell for most of January and February before seeing more snow in March and April, he said. The snowy winter was generally unique to the plains of the Front Range urban corridor, while the mountains received much less snow. “The best snow years in the plains do not equal good snow in the high country,” Day said.

By April 29, the quality of Larimer County’s snowpack was spotty; with the water content of the snow at Chambers Lake north of Colorado Highway 14 a tepid 55 percent of normal, according to Natural Resources Conservation Service data. Not far away at Cameron Pass, the snowpack was 72 percent of normal, while Deadman Hill west of Red Feather Lakes saw a snowpack 139 percent of normal…

This year’s snow season ended on a wet note. Last month was the 19th wettest but 39th least snowy April on record at CSU. Fort Collins received 1.9 inches of snow last month – 5.2 inches below normal for April.

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