Snowpack news: The snowpack is edging upward across the state, Colorado River basin climbs to 75% of average


Forecasters are expecting a storm to move through the state Monday and Tuesday. Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for the current snowpack map from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Here’s a report from Bob Berwyn writing for the Summit County Citizens Voice. From the article:

The highest totals are still east of the Continenal Divide — unusual for a La Niña year — with an 87 percent reading in the Arkansas Basin, 85 percent in the upper Rio Grande, 75 percent in the North Platte and 90 percent in the South Platte Basin, which is a crucial basin for Front Range water supplies and affects how much water will need to be diverted from the Western Slope. West of the Continental Divide, the Colorado River Basin snowpack is now at 75 percent of average, up slightly from the beginning of the month. The northwest corner of the state made the biggest gains, as the Yampa and White River basins saw the biggest dumps of snow in the past few weeks, lifting the snowpack to 75 percent of average. And in the southwestern corner of the state, the San Miguel, Dolores and Animas basins are now at a respectable 79 percent of average, with the Gunnnison Basin at 75 percent.

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