Weekend snowstorm delivers big shot of moisture

Mile High Water Talk

By Jay Adams

It was tough to shovel, but last weekend’s wet, heavy snow delivered a three-day punch of liquid gold for Denver Water.

The storm ramped up on April 15 and finally cleared out on April 17. When it was over, 2 to 4 feet of snow pounded areas of Boulder, Grand, Jefferson, Park and Summit counties where Denver Water captures the snow that produces up to 80 percent of our water.

In just 72 hours, the snowpack shot up 15 percent in the Upper South Platte River basin and 9 percent in the Upper Colorado River basin. As of April 18, the snowpack for the South Platte and Colorado River basins stood at 109 and 113 percent of normal, respectively.

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“This weekend’s snowstorm was really good for our snowpack,” said Bob Steger, manager of raw water supply. That heavy, wet stuff produced around 2 inches of snow-water…

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