The snows of this past week have seen Colorado’s snowpack levels increase, particularly in the southwest section of the state. However all basins are below average for the season to date with the eastern South Platte and Arkansas basins faring the worst. Statewide the snowpack is at an average of 75% of normal.
Will February bring some relief? Long range forecasts don’t indicate a particular bias toward either warmer or wetter conditions. The month is historically only our 6th snowiest month so we may have to wait and hope for some big storms in March (our #1 snowiest month). For more on what lies ahead in February, check out our preview here: http://www.thorntonweather.com/noaa/02preview.php
The image below is the current snowpack as of January 31, 2012. For a look at the current numbers, check out our SNOTEL Snowpack Report here.