Snowpack news: #SouthPlatte Basin best in state = 141%

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

From the Associated Press via Aspen Public Radio (November 10, 2019 before the current measurements):

The early season snowstorms that hit the Rocky Mountain region this fall have boosted snowpack levels between two and three times the average.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows snow water equivalent above 150% and 200% of average throughout Idaho, northern Colorado and western Montana. Those levels are also scattered across Wyoming and parts of northern Utah.

The highest snowpack levels are in northern Colorado, with some areas reporting three times the normal snowpack for early November and ski resorts opening earlier than usual…

Even with the snow, most of Colorado and Utah and part of Wyoming is experiencing dry or drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

From (Becky Ditchfield):

A good snowpack early in the season is always good news. Current numbers are well above average for northern, central and southeastern parts of the state, while southwest parts of the state sit below average.

Early season snow helped ski resorts like Breckenridge open Friday morning. A record 48 inches of snow fell there during the month of October…

The health of our snowpack will become more apparent later in December and into January. For now, we can celebrate the great start to snow season in the northern and central mountains, and hope for a few more snow storms in southwest parts of the state.

Westwide basin-filled map November 12, 2019 via the NRCS.

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