Colorado Snowpack Healthy - But Southern Basins Need To Catch Up
Snowpack levels in most of Colorado are above average for the first time in three years – but that’s not the case across all parts of the state.
"The southwest portion of the state and then also the Upper Rio Grande basins both received well above normal accumulation during end of January, early part of February,” Hulstrand told Colorado News Connection. "They just need another couple of storms like that and they'll be right back to normal conditions."
Late-spring snow is not uncommon for the state (remember that May 1 snowstorm last year?) Hultstrand notes that about 20 percent of Colorado's annual snowpack typically comes during March.
According to the latest data, snowpack levels range from 142 percent of normal in the South Platte River basin, to 82 percent of normal in the Upper Rio Grande.