#Snowpack news (December 31, 2020): #ColoradoSprings December precipitation above average, #Pueblo below average

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

From KOAA.com (Alex O’Brien):


Colorado Springs wrapped up the month with a respectable 5.1″ of snow, just below the average of 5.7″. But, when melted down the snow totaled 0.52″ of liquid precipitation in 2020, which is above the average of 0.34″. This means that the water content of each inch of snow this month was higher than average.

Pueblo on the other hand had a rough month with only 1.4″ of snow, with the average being 5.5″.

This was common across the state this month, with some spots receiving lack-luster snow totals and others receiving just enough. For instance, the Denver Stapleton weather site saw 6.4″ this month, ending up below the average of 8.3″.

The slow season is beginning to leave its mark on the high country. The snowpack as of December 29th is at 85% of normal statewide. The Rio Grande Basin, fed from the San Juans, is the only zone above average at this time.

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map December 31, 2020 via the NRCS.

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