Snowpack gets deeper with storms in March |

Snowpack gets deeper with storms in March

Cliff Thompson

EAGLE COUNTY -A week of wet, raw March weather could appear this summer as greenery on your lawn.The snow and rain in Eagle County’s high country has improved the snowpack and the moisture it holds by another inch, helping to ease a potential drought in the Eagle River valley. A drought would have forced water-use restrictions later this summer.Snowpack in the trio of sites used to gauge the water content of the snow that will feed the Eagle River and Gore Creek improved to 84 percent of average.Until a series of storms appeared in the last two weeks, the snowpack here had been on track to mimic the snowpack of 2002. That year was the driest in more than three centuries, and was caused by a combination of low snow, an extremely dry spring and warmer than-average temperatures. The other side of the water equation – a trio or reservoirs that store water for use here – are expected to fill with the runoff that’s available, water experts said.Water for Gore Creek is stored in Black Lakes atop Vail Pass, while water for use in the Eagle River is stored both in Eagle Park Reservoir and in Homestake Reservoir.Another weather disturbance was expected to hit the county Monday and today and leave behind more of the white gold that attracts skiers and keeps the water flowing.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.comVail Colorado

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