Snowpack/Precipitation news: Grand County is taking an early look at potential flooding

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From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Tonya Bina):

If this spring is anything like last year when the high country experienced consecutive hot days during peak runoff, there’s a chance of flooding, officials say.

Snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin contains 142 percent of the average water content for this time of year, meaning it’s a “pretty robust year” for snowpack, said Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District spokesperson Dana Strongin. In fact, in an April 5 “Runoff Update,” Northern blogged: “Some of us are using words like ‘epic’ to describe the West Slope snowpack.”

The Grand County Office of Emergency Management has held its first meeting with town managers and public works directors to talk about planning for high water levels and coordinating with dam operators…

The Fraser River Basin is at about 136 percent of average for snowpack water content…

The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District is planning controlled releases out of Granby Dam in its preparation for the runoff season. As of Wednesday, April 6, Granby Dam elevation sat at 22 feet from full. Willow Creek snowpack is at 150 percent of average. Beginning April 6, releases from Granby Dam into the Colorado River increased by 60 cfs. Another increase brought the flow below the dam to 140 cfs. Another change on Friday is planned to bring the flow to about 200 cfs through the weekend. Northern is also making changes at Willow Creek Dam. Flows in Willow Creek below the dam could be as high as 350 cfs.

From the Snowmass Sun (Scott Condon):

Skiers and riders have been treated to powder days with four or more inches of fresh snow on 29 days this season at Snowmass and 23 days at Aspen Mountain. Chances are they might score more before the two ski areas close Sunday. Snowmass has collected the most snow of the four local ski areas, tallying 316 inches so far this season since Nov. 1, according to the Aspen Skiing Co. Snow is forecast for Friday through Sunday.

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