#Snowpack news: All basins see a jump in accumulations

Sophie in the snow near Evergreen, April 17, 2016, via Laura Wing.
Sophie in the snow near Evergreen, April 17, 2016, via Laura Wing.

From The Mountain Mail (Marcus Hill):

A slow-moving snowstorm brought about 2 feet of snow, totaling 2.42 inches of precipitation, to Salida Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and more snow is expected before the end of the month.

Just another April in Colorado.

The snowstorm impacted many aspects of life throughout Colorado, including Salida.

According to the Denver Post, more than 850 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport due to the conditions…

According to a Facebook post by Mal Sillars, Buena Vista received about 0.41 inch of precipitation and 10.1 inches of snow from the storm.

Cotopaxi didn’t have much snow sticking to the highway, but Anne Langford, owner of Cotopaxi General Store, said there was 2 feet of snow near her home. Reports from Sawatch indicate snowfall was lighter there, with about 2 inches of snow…

Following the weekend storm, total precipitation for April stands at 2.6 inches. Total precipitation for the year is 4.16 inches, 1.39 inches more than the historical average…

The Mail reported Friday that National Weather Service forecasters predict another “slow-moving storm” is expected to hit April 25 through 29.

From the Associated Press via The Denver Post:

A weekend storm that dropped up to 4 feet of snow in the central Colorado mountains improved the snowpack in most of Colorado’s major river basins.

Federal data released Monday shows the snows that feed the east-flowing Arkansas, North Platte and South Platte rivers ranged from 94 to 109 percent of average.

Southern Colorado’s Rio Grande Basin was only 78 percent.

West of the Continental Divide, the Upper Colorado River Basin was at 103 percent while the Yampa and White river basins were at 98 percent.

The Gunnison and Animas-San Juan river basins in southwestern Colorado were still below average, at 75 to 85 percent.

From CBS Denver (Nick Spears):

The snow was caused by a large area of low pressure in the upper atmosphere that was sitting and spinning over the central Rockies, drawing moisture from as far away as the Gulf of Mexico…

As of 6 a.m. on April 17 Denver’s official weather station had measured 12.1 inches of snow.

Westwide SNOTEL map April 18, 2016 via the NRCS.
Westwide SNOTEL map April 18, 2016 via the NRCS.

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