Snowpack news: Most of the Colorado mountains have seen a pretty good dumping lately #COwx #CODrought

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From the National Weather Service Grand Junction office:

THE FOLLOWING ARE ESTIMATED 24 HOUR SNOWFALL AMOUNTS FROM MOUNTAIN SNOTEL OBSERVATION SITES IN WESTERN COLORADO AS OF 11 AM TUESDAY.

NORTHWEST COLORADO MOUNTAINS: 5 TO 18 INCHES.

CENTRAL COLORADO MOUNTAINS: 2 TO 8 INCHES.

SOUTHWEST COLORADO MOUNTAINS: TRACE TO 5 INCHES.

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Tracy Harmon):

Thanks to a hefty 15.5 inch weekend snow, Monarch Mountain ski resort will open for business Friday.

The resort on Monday reported snow depth of 23 inches midway up the slopes.

And more snow is expected by opening day.

“We won’t know how many trails will be open until probably Thursday,” Monarch marketing manager Greg Ralph said.

“The crews are packing the snow right now. It’s snowing lightly and more snow is expected.”

The resort near Salida is anxious to show off $2.3 million in upgrades that include an expanded and remodeled day lodge plus a new line of rental and demo skis and snowboards.

Monarch’s opening will come 24 days later than hoped. Dry weather patterns meant little moisture for the all-naturalsnow resort where snowmaking equipment is not used.

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