Beautiful snowfall over the past week = above average #snowpack for #Colorado

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

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From The Denver Post (Chris Bianchi):

As of Monday’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) update, Colorado statewide snowpack levels were running at 117% of the season-to-date levels, meaning that statewide snow levels are slightly above average.

Each of Colorado’s eight major river basins were running above average, according to the NRCS update. That’s also an indication that the overall seasonal snowfall has been fairly well distributed so far this winter, with northern Colorado receiving the brunt of October and early November snowstorms, and southern Colorado getting most of its snow in the last two to three weeks.

The main driver behind the recent uptick in snow levels? A needed whopper of a snowstorm in southwest Colorado late last week. Some parts of the drought-stricken San Juan mountains saw as much as 3.5 feet of snowfall from last week’s storm. That helped boost snowpack percentages in southern Colorado well above average, while also boosting overall statewide levels…

Snowpack levels so far this winter are almost identical to the start of last winter’s season-to-date totals. That said, last year’s huge snowpack mostly came from an unusually active spring…

The fast start to the winter season generally signals good news for most statewide interests. It’s certainly a big positive for the ski industry, reservoir levels and the drought in southwest Colorado, all of which will likely be rooting on a continuation of this winter’s fast start.

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map December 3, 2019 via the NRCS.

And just for grins here are the early December Colorado statewide maps for the past few years.

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