Region’s snowpack at record levels

Snowpack is at record levels across most of Colorado’s northern and central mountains, the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service said today.

The state’s snowpack didn’t peak until late May in northern Colorado, about three weeks later than average, the agency said.

Cool temperatures and continuing moisture helped delay the arrival of peak snowpack, and now officials are hoping to see periodic breaks from typically warm June temperatures to help avoid extra-high peak flows and flooding on area rivers and creeks.

“There remains a tremendous amount of snow across northern Colorado. A gradual and even meltout would help minimize impacts,” Allen Green, state conservationist for the NRCS, said in a news release today.

The agency said the forecasted runoff in the Colorado, Yampa, White, and North and South Platte river basins this year will be twice to three times the average.


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