Colorado’s statewide snowpack is currently at 54% of normal and is melting at such a rapid rate that the state could lose all its snowpack within the next two weeks.
Despite a generally average snow year where snowpack sat around average all season, a warm spring has resulted in the snowpack melting more quickly than usual – last year it didn’t fully melt-off until mid-July. After reopening for the summer following COVID-19 closure, Arapahoe Basin ended their season earlier than usual due to a rapidly melting snowpack.
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The early loss of the snowpack could have consequences later in the year with drier soils more prone to the risk of wildfire, reports the Denver Post.
Almost 30% of Colorado is under an “extreme” drought right now, with 63% experiencing some drought, according to the official United States Drought Monitor.