Rio Grande snowpack ahead of normal

VALLEY — Year-to-date SNOTEL details released Wednesday, Jan. 18, by the Natural Resources Conservation Service show the Upper Rio Grande Basin at 107% of normal snowpack compared to only 84% in the adjacent Arkansas Basin, thanks to heavy snowfall in the past week that brought over 50 inches to Wolf Creek Pass.

The “snow water equivalent” across the state is well over 100% of normal including a statewide high of 152% in the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan basin in extreme southwest Colorado. Yampa and White River basin in the northwest corner is a close second at 151% of normal with the Gunnison River basin not far behind at 148%.

The National Weather Service is not predicting much above-average snow activity in the coming weeks and predicts the snowpack totals could level out compared to normal.


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