Good early season #snowpack ranges from 116% (#RioGrande Basin) to 146% (#SouthPlatte Basin) of normal

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map December 15, 2019 via the NRCS.

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Dennis Webb):

Statewide, snowpack was at 122% of median statewide Friday, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Mother Nature has been consistently generous around the state, with snowpack levels ranging from 109% of median in the Gunnison River Basin to 128% in the South Platte Basin.

The Colorado and Upper Rio Grande river basins were both at 114% of median Friday; the Arkansas River Basin, 115%; the Yampa/White basins, 127%; and river basins in southwest Colorado, 121%…

Aldis Strautins, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, is happy to see the current snowfall levels, although he cautioned that numbers can jump around quite a bit this time of year thanks to just a couple of storms, or a lack thereof…

The early snow is helpful to the ski industry in ensuring resorts can open in a timely fashion. As of Wednesday, Colorado Ski Country USA was reporting that 19 of its 23 member ski areas had opened. At least one more member, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, opened Friday, with all its lifts operating and 60% of its terrain open.

Strautins said Friday that on Grand Mesa, the Mesa Lakes measurement site was recording snowpack at 100% of normal, with 4.7 inches of snow-water-equivalent, the amount of water contained in the snow. Elsewhere on Grand Mesa, Overland Reservoir was around 78-80% of normal.What the NRCS calls the Park Reservoir measurement site, at what’s also known as Trickle Park Reservoir, was at 97% of normal…

The Colorado Climate Center reported this week that even with decent snow lately, precipitation in the Gunnison River Basin was at 77% for the current water year, which started Oct. 1.

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