Colorado snowpack remains above average

The snowpack in all Colorado River basins declined in January but remain above average across much of the state.

Generally dry weather in January, especially across the southern mountains, leads to decline in most river basins

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Although Summit County was the bullseye for a series snowstorms last month, water watchers said January was a dry month overall in Colorado, resulting in a significant decrease in mountain snowpack in all of the the state’s river basins. Statewide, the snowpack as a percentage of average dropped from 136 percent of average on Jan. 1 to 117 percent of average on Feb. 1.

The biggest declines were in the southern mountains, which only picked up about 25 percent of their average January precipitation, according to state conservationist Allen Green. The Feb. 1 snowpack is better than last year’s and on par with the 2009 snowpack. Continue reading

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