Snowpack news

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From the Grand Junction Free Press (Julie Sutor):

Weather turned wetter and cooler throughout the mountains in late April, halting, and in some cases even reversing, the melt trend. Statistics from the latest NRCS surveys show snowpack is below average in all of the state’s major river basins. Snowpack in the Blue River Basin in Summit County is 70 percent of average and 65 percent of last year’s snowpack. At one NRCS survey site in the lower Snake River, snowpack is at only 7 percent of average…

Colorado’s statewide snowpack decreased to the lowest reading of the season on May 1 at only 78 percent of average…

Inflow into Dillon Reservoir is expected to be 73 percent of average during the April-July period. Inflows into Green Mountain Reservoir and Williams Fork Reservoir are projected to be 75 percent of average and 78 percent of average, respectively. “Reservoir stores are now in good shape, but they’ll probably drop quite a bit as we go into the fall. They will be put to use in late summer to make up for these deficits in natural flows,” Gillespie said. “Without having much of a cushion, it increases the need for a good year next year.”

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