After incredibly weak snow during 2017-2018 winter season, Colorado has bounced back to snow levels we haven’t seen in nearly two years!
This data is taken from SNOTEL sites places throughout Colorado by the USDA and Natural Resources Conservation Center. When looking at SNOTEL data, you always want to see a percentage of 100 or more, indicating average or above average.
Colorado has actually been over 100% statewide since late November, but the biggest improvement has been over the southwest basins, like the San Juan, Dolores and Upper Rio Grande. In late January, those basins were sitting in the 80 percent range, and now they are measure right at normal snow pack!
Looking back at past data, the last time we had all basins at 100 percent or greater was February in 2017, so basically two years ago. Continued heavy snow forecasts through next Monday should only help to strengthen an already healthy snow pack!