Snowpack news: Yampa and White River Basins still lead Colorado at 86% of today’s median value

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Here’s the Colorado SNOTEL Snow/Precipitation Update Report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):

The snowpack in all but one of Colorado’s river basins is at least 15 percent below normal for this time of year, according to Friday morning U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service snowpack measurements.

“Most locations, we’re running 20-35 percent below average” for the water content of the snow, said meteorologist Mark Heuer, of DayWeather in Cheyenne.

The water content of the snow across the South Platte Basin, including the Poudre River watershed, was 74 percent of normal Friday. Locally, the best snowpack reading was at Joe Wright Reservoir along Colorado Highway 14, where the snowpack is 92 percent of normal.

The wettest river basin in the state is the Yampa River Basin, where the water content of the snow is only 12 percent below normal. The driest is the Arkansas River Basin, where the water content averages 36 percent below normal…

Statewide snowpack measuring stations associated with Colorado State University show that the deepest snowpack anywhere in Colorado on Friday was near Steamboat Springs, where 30 inches of snow were on the ground. Heuer said many places are seeing snow depth six to 12 inches below normal for this time of year.

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