Snowpack news: The eastern plains hit hard by snowfall in some locations #codrought #cowx


From The Greeley Tribune:

Forecasters expect the cold to stick around for a few days. Highs will stay near the low-30s until Tuesday, and more snow could fall tonight. Only about an inch of snow fell Friday night and Saturday in most parts of Weld; Johnstown reported 6.1 inches…

[Mike] Baker said the heaviest snow fell on the Eastern Plains, where the small town of Agate saw more than 18 inches and snow drifts as high as five feet. The Denver metro area saw about 7-12 inches. He said he wasn’t surprised Greeley didn’t get much snow. “As of the last couple of days, it looked like we were going to have kind of a dry slot up there across portions of Larimer and Weld counties with that northerly wind coming out of Wyoming,” he said. “It’s not a very favorable wind direction.”

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Anthony A. Mestas):

Pueblo was on a winter weather advisory throughout the day. About 1.6 inches of snow fell Saturday.

From the Grand Junction Free Press (Hannah Holm):

After lagging for most of the winter, the amount of water in the snowpack in Colorado’s part of the Colorado River Basin has finally caught up with last year’s (meager) snowpack for this date. That brings the Colorado Basin snowpack to 73% of the average amount for this time of year. The Gunnison River Basin is at about 75% of average, slightly below where it was at this time last year. These levels are not great, especially with low reservoir levels left over from last year’s drought, but they are a lot better than the sub-50% levels we were seeing in December. Statewide, the snowpack is currently at about 77% of average for this time of year, but the South Platte River Basin is only at 68%, and the Arkansas River Basin is at 73%…

A big problem with last year’s drought was the way the snowpack rapidly melted in early spring instead of continuing to build, as it usually does. Grand Valley water managers are monitoring the situation closely and will release an assessment and guidance for water users (that’s all of us) in early April.

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center predicts that the drought will persist or intensify throughout most of Colorado and the rest of the Southwest between now and the end of May. This may not be the best time to put in a new lawn.

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