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The Bear Lake SNOTEL (Big Thompson watershed) site's normal peak is 18.6 inches of snow water equivalent. As of Feb. 15, the site was reporting 20.4 inches of SWE. This is above the normal peak, with two additional snow accumulation months to go.
The Bear Lake SNOTEL (Big Thompson watershed) site’s normal peak is 18.6 inches of snow water equivalent. As of Feb. 15, the site was reporting 20.4 inches of SWE. This is above the normal peak, with two additional snow accumulation months to go.

Click here to read the news. Here’s an excerpt:

Snow, snow and more snow

Thank you, January. Numerous storms last month provided much-needed precipitation in Colorado’s mountains. As a result, all eight of the watersheds monitored by Northern Water currently have above-average snow water content, and the most probable streamflow forecasts are also well above average.

As of Feb. 14, statewide snowpack was 147 percent of normal. And the two major river basins Northern Water monitors for its forecasts, the Upper Colorado and South Platte basins, were at 147 and 142 percent of normal, respectively.

Beginning each February, Northern Water’s Water Resources Department releases monthly snowpack and streamflow forecasts. The forecasts provide:

  • Snow water content comparisons in the eight watersheds Northern Water monitors
  • April through July maximum, minimum and most probably streamflow forecasts
  • C-BT Project storage also remains above average for this time of year. On February 1, active storage in the project was 530,331 acre-feet, or 121 percent of normal.

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