Statewide snowpack holding steady at the start of Spring

By: Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Late-March snowfall helped maintain the statewide snowpack at about 115 percent of average as of April 1. In a 180-degree turn-around from last winter, both local National Weather Service sites reported above average precipitation during March, with 1.64 inches of liquid precipitation at the Dillon location (average is 1.44 inches), and 2.78 inches in downtown Breckenridge, about 45 percent above the average 1.91 inches for the month.

Last year, March precipitation at the Dillon site was a mere 0.66 inches, less than half the average. In Breckenridge, precipitation in March 2010 totaled 1.58 inches, about 82 percent of the historic average. All these totals are the snow-water equivalent in the snowpack. This year, there was measurable snow on 17 days during March at the Dillon site.

Breckenridge weather watcher Rick Bly said March 2011 was the fifth month in a row with above-average readings. But precipitation was well below normal until March 27. Nearly all the moisture came during the last four days of the month To Read More Click Here

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