San Juan Snowpack In Colorado Is Forecasted To Be Melted Out By Mid-May | A Full Month Earlier Than Normal

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Snow water equivalent. Image: NRCS

The snowpack of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado is forecasted to melt out by the middle of May, which is a full month earlier than normal. This is attributed to the dry winter that the area experienced. Runoff is forecasted to be minimal, which poses a major threat to the areas’ reservoirs and water supply.

Columbus Basin, CO snowpack as of March 1st. Image: NCRS

Pictured above is the snowpack on March 1st for the Columbus Basin in Colorado. As you can tell, it was far below average. As you go farther south in Colorado, the snowpack degrades significantly. Sadly, no where in Colorado experienced an average winter, but it was better in northern half of the state.

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