Snowpack news: Things should change for the better this weekend

Click on a thumbnail to view a gallery of snowpack data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

From (Matt Renoux):

On Thursday’s warm, dry winter day, Rick Bly watched the sky as Colorado’s next big snow storm to roll in.

“Kind of hopeful it will bring the big snow that’s predicted,” said Bly.

He records moisture near Breckenridge. He says there was an above average snow in November, which was more than two times the normal amount, followed by a good December snowpack. But January and February saw a big drop.

“January was down substantially about 40 percent below average,” said Bly.

It’s still about 20 percent above average in the central parts of Colorado but that snow has been melting fast. It’s something he can see on his nearly snow-free Breckenridge driveway.

“Normally it’s completely covered [with snow], typically you don’t see our driveway till March,”‘ said Bly.

He hopes the wind blowing in will bring big snow to Colorado reservoirs.

“‘The spring will be here soon and there will be concerns about water,” said Bly.

From the Associated Press (Dan Elliott) via The Durango Herald:

The snowpack at the summit of Wolf Creek Pass was at only 46 percent of the median figure for the date. Cascade was the worst off at 23 percent of the median. El Diente Peak was at 40 percent, and the Upper San Juan was at 45 percent.

Even the healthiest snowpacks in the region are well below average. Lizard Head pass was at 85 percent Wednesday, Red Mountain Pass was at 78 percent and Mineral Creek was at 75 percent.

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