#Snowpack news: The SW basins are still way above average

Westwide SNOTEL April 20, 2019 via the NRCS.

From The Pagosa Springs Sun (Chris Mannara):

According to data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River basins have a reported snowpack total of 160 percent of median this week — an increase from last week’s total of 152 percent of median…

The Upper San Juan site is currently sitting at 130 percent of median, an increase from last week’s total of 127 percent of median.

The Upper Rio Grande Basin snowpack total remains at 137 percent of median.

For the Arkansas River Basin, a 6 percent increase was reported, with snowpack totals going from 129 percent of median to 135 percent of median this week.

The Yampa and White River basins saw a 7 percent increase in the snowpack total, going from 110 percent of median to 117 percent of median this week.

The Laramie and North Platte River basins report a 6 percent increase, with totals going from 113 percent of median to 119 percent of median.

For the South Platte River Basin, a 4 percent increase was reported, with snowpack totals going from 112 percent of median last week to 116 percent of median this week.

The Upper Colorado River Basin is 131 percent of median this week, when last week it was 123 percent of median.

Lastly, the Gunnison River Basin jumped 6 percent from last week, going from 142 percent of median to 148 percent of median this week.

The Wolf Creek summit was 127 percent of the April 17 peak and 124 percent of the median peak. Last week, the summit was 139 percent of the April 10 peak and 132 percent of the median peak.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there are no reports of snow on the hori- zon for Pagosa Springs; however, the NWS does indicate a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday…

NRCS District Conservationist Jerry Archuleta explained that it’s good to see the local snowpack totals staying flat.

“So, that means we’re holding that snow up there a little bit longer,” he said.

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