#Snowpack news: Nice bump across #Colorado, S.W. mountains looking good for #runoff

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

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Jon Pompia):

In Pueblo, 6 inches of snow fell, with Pueblo West receiving 7 inches. The region’s biggest accumulation, 14 inches, was reported in Rye…

As is common with spring storms, the snow that covered the region was moisture rich, with liquid water content measured as high as 1.13 inches.

“The best thing about today’s snowfall is that it is heavy and wet, spread over a wide area that had been very dry up until last week,” said Chris Woodka of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District. “We get the added benefit of a foot of new snow in the mountains, where snowpack was already deep.”

Woodka said the state’s snowpack, which has been above average since January, reached peak levels in February. Since then, it has remained above peak levels even though March was relatively dry.

“When you look at individual sites in the Upper Arkansas and the Upper Colorado River basins that most affect our water supply, we are at about 120 percent of average.

“That should translate into a very good water year, depending on how quickly or slowly it melts.”

The Upper Arkansas River Valley received plenty of welcome moisture with Tuesday’s snowfall, as well as some downed tree branches, spotty power outages and brief internet outages.

Canon City, Florence and Penrose residents awoke to 5 to 6 inches of heavy, wet snow and snow continued to fall throughout the day. In Florence, one tree branch took down a power line at Third and Robinson streets, according to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

According to KRLN Radio weatherman Ed Norden, the rain and snowfall amounted to 0.88 of an inch of moisture as of 7 a.m. Tuesday in Canon City, which boosted the total moisture to 0.20 ahead of the yearly average. Residents also experienced brief sporadic power outages and internet outages Tuesday.

In western Fremont County, Texas Creek and Cotopaxi received 8 inches of snow, causing the Fremont RE-3 school district to close the Cotopaxi School for the day. Custer County residents reported 7.5 inches of snow at lower elevations and 16 inches of snow at higher elevations.

Monarch Mountain received 6 inches of new snow over a 24-hour period but heavy snow continued throughout the day Tuesday, and nearby residents in Maysville reported 11 inches of snow by midday.

Monarch Mountain is reporting a 91-inch base and has measured 333 inches of snow so far this season — that amounts to nearly 28 feet of snow this winter.

Here’s the Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map for April 4, 2017.

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map April 4, 2017 via the NRCS.

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