Mountain snowpack peaking a month early

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Early Peak. Meteorologist Chris Tomer.

DENVER — Abnormally warm and dry weather this month has forced the statewide mountain snowpack to peak about one month early. Normally, it peaks around April 9.

The freezing line is rising to about 12,000 feet during the day. That equates to daily melting of the snowpack up to that elevation.

Add to that a lack of significant new snow and the statewide snowpack curve is now decreasing.

April does look much snowier than March, but temperatures might continue to run warmer than normal in Colorado.

So, there might be a second, smaller snowpack peak in April, but the overall trend will be to continue the spring melt.