Peak #Snowpack Is A Week Away And The Mountains Need More Snow — CBS #Denver

Click the link to read the article on the CBS Denver website (Ashton Altieri). Here’s an excerpt:

With the average date for peak mountain snowpack just a week away, only two of Colorado’s eight river basins are at or above normal. March was not as snowy in the mountains as it needed to be after a unusually dry January and February…As of Thursday morning, statewide snowpack was 8% lower than normal for the final day of March.

The Yampa Basin is in the worst shape with snowpack measuring only 83% compared to normal through the end of March. Ideally all eight river basins in Colorado would be at least 100% of average by the first week in April. The average date for maximum snowpack is April 8. After that date, the combination of a higher sun angle, longer days, and generally warmer temperatures means the snowpack starts to gradually disappear regardless of how many spring storms bring additional snow.

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map April 2, 2022 via the NRCS.

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