#Snowpack news: SWE as a % of normal dropping in N. and E. #Colorado

Click on a thumbnail graphic to view a gallery of snowpack data from the NRCS.

From The Vail Daily (John LaConte):

The Snow Survey is a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado. A skier and a whitewater rafting enthusiast, Wetlaufer follows the snow-water equivalent — the amount of water in fallen snow — closely throughout the season. He echoed a statement powder hounds have been saying since January — in the Eagle River Basin, this has been a good season for snow.

“Many sites in the Eagle River Basin have already reached their normal peak (snow-water equivalent) or snowpack values, or if they are not, they are very close to it,” Wetlaufer said Thursday. “At many of those sites those don’t usually occur for at least another month or so.”

“Currently, the Eagle River at Gypsum is forecasted to have 115 percent of its normal volumetric summer stream flows,” Wetlaufer said. “A lot of it depends on the timing at which the snow melts and translates to stream flow, but it looks like pretty good flows in the rivers for the whitewater enthusiasts.”

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map March 10, 2017 via the NRCS.

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