Recent Snow Storms Increase Snowpack Sharply

DENVER (AP) Snows the past two weeks have deepened Colorado’s all important snow pack considerably.

The south Platte, a major water supplier for the Front Range, went from 68 percent on December 2nd to 94 percent Monday morning.

The Upper Colorado, a source for downstream states, went from 79 to 104 percent of the 30 year average.

In southwestern Colorado, where the snow pack had started to improve in early December, the San Miguel, Dolores, San Juan and Animas basin went from 94 percent to 149 percent.

Snow pack accounts for 80 percent of Colorado’s surface water.
Water suppliers, farmers and other water users use the mountains as a natural reservoir, counting on the snow to melt when it is needed, in the spring and early summer.