Local snowpack slowly improving | VailDaily.com

Local snowpack slowly improving

Cliff Thompson

EAGLE COUNTY – While the nasty winter weather during the last two weeks may not have improved the attitude of locals yearning for spring, it does have one positive effect.The snow and nasty weather have improved the mountain snowpack that supplies Eagle County’s water. A composite of the snowpack on Vail Mountain, Copper Mountain and Fremont Pass east of Camp Hale shows the water content has reached 43.5 inches, which is 83 percent of average. That’s about 10 percent better than the snowpack in 2002 prior to the worst drought in more than 300 years.That drought was compounded by windy and warmer-than-normal temperatures that melted mountain snows nearly a month earlier and was followed by virtually no spring rain.A trio of area reservoirs that supply water to the Vail Valley – Black Lakes atop Vail Pass, Homestake south of Red Cliff and Eagle Park, east of Camp Hale – are expected to fill, experts said.In an average year the deepest snow of the year at the trio of snowpack sites occurs the first week of May. Dry, sunny weather will predominate during the weekend.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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