Snowpack news: Water folks are now hoping for a cool summer or a repeat of April 2013

Westwide SNOTEL snow water equivalent as a percent of normal March 31, 2015
Westwide SNOTEL snow water equivalent as a percent of normal March 31, 2015

From KOAA.com (Bill Folsom):

The weather pattern over the last month has had a negative effect on our water reserves in Colorado. At the end of February the snowpack level was considered near normal, but new numbers out on the last day of March show a drop. “Six weeks ago we were looking about average in the mountain watershed and now at the Colorado Basin we’re at 76% of average and the Arkansas Basin 84% of average. So there’s some pretty drastic declines,” said Abby Ortega with Colorado Springs Utilities.

The good news is plenty of water the previous two years filled reservoirs to above average. Since they are up, it balances this year’s snowpack drop. “We think we can stay about even,” said Ortega, “Unless it’s a really hot dry year and folks need to use more water.”

From the Vail Daily (John Laconte):

So in Vail, where we have received 261 inches total snowfall since Opening Day, skiers are feeling pretty good in the slushy spring conditions right now.

“I was in the Back Bowls and Blue Sky all day, the snow was awesome,” Will Franklin of Denver said Saturday. “Great day to be in Vail.”

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