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COLORADO REACHES A SECOND PEAK AFTER A WARM SPELL
After a very dry start to the winter, the snowpack in the mountains of the Gunnison Basin started piling up in December and hit a first peak in early March, about a month earlier than average. Unseasonably warm temperatures brought significant melting, but storms at the end of March increased accumulations again, at least at higher elevations.
You can see how the season has progressed on this graph from the Natural Resources Conservation Service: https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/data/water/wcs/basinsweplots/co/basinplotgun17.gif? .
The Upper Colorado Basin snowpack, ultimately destined to flow towards Lake Powell, has followed a similar path, as this graph shows: