Wet May lifts snowpack in most of state’s river basins

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DENVER — Wet weather in May gave a boost to the state’s water supply heading into the summer, the Natural Resources Conservation Service Colorado said this week.

Officials said the snowpack in six of the state’s seven river basins is well above normal for this time of year, ranging from 151 percent in the Yampa and White Basin to 233 percent in the South Platte Basin.

Only the Rio Grande Basin is off, sitting at 85 percent of normal. The statewide average is at 201 percent of normal.

“Remaining snowpack across the state is near 200 percent of normal and poised to provide adequate runoff into early summer” Colorado Snow Survey Supervisor Brian Domonkos said.

There is still a healthy amount of snowpack in the northern mountains, mostly above 10,000 feet. Snowpack in the San Juan Mountains above 11,000 is also well above normal for this time of year.

June snowpack
June snowpack in Colorado.

 

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