Snowpack news: Statewide snowpack is at 76% of average, Arkansas basin jumps to 88%, South Platte — 85%


Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for yesterday’s Colorado Snowpack map from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

From the Summit County Citizens Voice (Bob Berwyn):

A series of storms [ed. over the past week] brought on and off snow to the Rockies, with Wolf Creek reporting a 35-inch total for the week, while Steamboat tallied 28.5 inches. Silverton measured a weekly total of 25 inches and Telluride benefited with 23 inches. Farther north, Loveland and Winter Park both picked up 21.5 inches of new snow for the week with 20 inches at Monarch, Copper Mountain and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort.

Click through for all the pictures of fresh tracks.

From the Summit County Citizens Voice (Bob Berwyn):

“It’s an enigma,” said Klaus Wolter, with the CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center. In an email updating the SWCasts website, Wolter wrote: Record-snow around here in early February is not something I would typically associate with La Niña, but will come in handy if the mountains west of us remain starved for moisture (despite some minor storms during the upcoming week).”[…]

Wolter was referring to record snow in northeastern corner of the Colorado mountains, west of Fort Collins and Boulder, where he recorded 162 inches for the season to-date at 8,500 feet, the most he’s seen in 22 years. The bottom line is that the outlook for February – March period is on the dry side for the Southwest, including most of Colorado’s mountains, with the exception of the East San Juans and the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

But Wolter said the next few weeks should be a little more active, with a progressive weather pattern off the Pacific chipping away at this winter’s moisture deficit – call La Niña’s last gasp.

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