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Snowpack jumps 30 percent in one week across state

12/12/2016 Colorado Snowpack Update.

12/12/2016 Colorado Snowpack Update.

DENVER — The storm cycle over the past seven days pushed the snowpack up 30 percent in the central and northern mountains of Colorado.

The South Platte basin saw the biggest increase of 37 percent from one week ago.  The South Platte includes Loveland Ski Area, Grays and Torreys Peaks, Winter Park, Guanella Pass, Longs Peak, Indian Peaks, Idaho Springs, the foothills and Denver.

The South Platte is the primary water supply for Denver.

The Colorado River basin snowpack saw a 33 percent increase from one week ago.  That includes the Interstate 70 corridor west of the Eisenhower Tunnel, Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Copper, Vail, Gore Range and Glenwood Springs.

The seven-day storm cycle included 1-3 feet of snow across the central and northern mountains.

A few specific seven-day totals included:

  • Arapahoe Basin: 42 inches
  • Winter Park: 38 inches
  • Loveland: 38 inches
  • Steamboat Springs: 37 inches
  • Breckenridge: 35 inches
  • Vail: 26 inches