Snowpack news: Central and northern basins snowpack jumps slightly with weekend storms


Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for the latest snowpack map from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Snowpack, the major source of water for Colorado, Tuesday was at 76 percent statewide, 85 percent in the Arkansas River basin and 71 percent in the Upper Colorado River basin. Pueblo imports some of its water from the Colorado River basin.

From the Longmont Times-Call (Pierrette J. Shields):

While only 1.3 inches of snow fell in Longmont on Sunday night and Monday morning, the powder nudged the month’s total to 16.6 inches and the snowiest February since 1928, according to Times-Call weather consultant Dave Larison. So far, February 2012 ranks as the sixth snowiest February on the city’s record books…

Though February is the snowiest month since 1928, the record seems fairly safe because it stands at 30 inches. Longmont’s snowfall so far this season is 60.4 inches, while on average it’s 29 inches at this time of the year. An average season typically is 45 inches, but Larison noted that if the city gets its average snowfall through May, the total would hit about 76 inches and rank among the top three snowiest on the books…

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