Runoff news: The snowmelt flooding risk is dropping across Colorado

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From the Vail Daily (Scott N. Miller):

A cool, wet May has turned into a sunny, but not hot, June. Even downvalley temperatures have gone into the 80s only a few times, and nights have been relatively cool. That’s kept the annual snowmelt running at a decent, but not destructive pace…

This spring has been a pleasant change from last year in Vail, when less snow melted faster, causing flooding in town. With last year in mind, combined with the knowlege that temperatures can, and do, climb into the 90s in Vail some summers, Miller said firefighters are doing daily checks of parts of Gore Creek…

Minor flooding is forecast for the Colorado River at Dotsero for Friday, due primarily to the fact that Granby Reservoir is going to release water so it can continue to accept melting snow.

From Steamboat Today (Jack Weinstein):

The Weather Service’s office predicts the Elk River near Milner will exceed the 7.5 foot flood stage and reach 7.9 feet by 6 a.m. Friday. It previously was forecast to reach the moderate flood stage of 8.5 feet. The Yampa River at the Fifth Street Bridge downtown is expected to reach 6.6 feet, down from the earlier prediction of 6.7 feet. Flood stage at that location also is 7.5 feet…

Aldis Strautins, a hydrologist with the Weather Service’s office in Grand Junction, said area rivers and streams could run high through the month because of snowpack in the surrounding mountains. The Tower measuring site at 10,500 feet on Buffalo Pass was reporting 138 inches of snow containing 67.5 inches of water Monday. Strautins said the day’s historical snow water equivalent average for that site is 29.2 inches.

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