Colorado’s latest snowpack data, compiled by the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), shows the profound impact that a cool and wet spring can have on the state’s water supplies, in terms of both timing and quantity. The state’s mountain snowpack typically reaches its seasonal maximum in early April; this year’s snowpack finally reached its peak on April 21st, about two weeks later than normal. Cool weather has helped further delay snowmelt across the higher elevations, and continued wet weather patterns in the northern part of the state have contributed to additional snow accumulation across the high country in this region. This year’s June snowpack readings are at 92 percent of median statewide, according to Randy Randall, acting State Conservationist with the NRCS.
Randall says the snowpack in the Gunnison basin is at just 46-percent of its 30-year average, while reservoir storage stands at 86-percent of its average for this date.