Snowpack jumps to 105 percent of normal

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Colorado snowpack on Dec. 19, 2016.

Colorado snowpack on Dec. 19, 2016.

DENVER — The most recent seven-day storm cycle pushed the average statewide snowpack to 105 percent of normal, according to the Natural Resources Conservatio Service in Colorado. This is the first time this season the snowpack has exceeded 100 percent.

Quantifying the seven-day storm cycle reveals a 24 percent increase in the amount of snow across Colorado.  In other words, the snowstorms that rolled across the state helped erase an abnormally dry October and November.

The magic bullet was snowfall totals over the the past seven days that averaged 2-3 feet.  A few examples:

  • Monarch: 36 inches
  • Breckenridge: 35 inches
  • Crested Butte: 33 inches
  • Telluride: 31 inches
  •  Arapahoe Basin: 30 inches
  • Loveland: 30 inches
  • Wolf Creek: 29 inches
  • Silverton: 29 inches
  • Snowmass: 27 inches
  • Steamboat: 24 inches

The deepest snow right now is in the Central and Northern Mountain zones.

The West Elk Mountains near Aspen/Snowmass/Crested Butte have snow depths of 4 1/2 feet, and that’s also true of the mountains near Steamboat Springs/Buffalo Pass.

Rocky Mountain National Park is also showing snow depths of 4 to 4 1/2 feet.