#Snowpack news: “Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose” — James Taylor

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

From KOAA.com (Bill Folsom):

The water watchers at Colorado Springs Utilities say, so far this year snowpack totals are at average. In the southeast region of the state the numbers are above normal and the best in the state. Reservoirs are just below 75% of capacity which is right where they are supposed to be this time of year.

It is all good, but they also say early numbers are less important than what happens from February to May. “An individual storm usually doesn’t make or break snowpack and if you get a good run of a series of storms then you start to see that snowpack accumulate in the mountains and it is what we like to see,” said Abbasi.

Water planners with Colorado Springs Utilities do want to see a lot more snow in the months ahead. “Because it was so dry last year the soil moisture profile is pretty low,” said Abbasi. The dry ground will absorb more water, so less runs off to where it can be stored in reservoirs.

And here’s the Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map from this morning.

Westwide basin-filled SNOTEL snowpack map January 28, 2019 via the NRCS.

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