Snowpack grows to 90 percent |

Snowpack grows to 90 percent

Cliff Thompson

EAGLE COUNTY – Mountain snowpack bucked the trend and deepened to its best level of the year after weekend snow and rain pasted the High Country.The snow level and corresponding snow moisture at a trio of High Country sites that feed area streams and rivers hit 90 percent of average Monday. That was a 5 percent increase in a week. Moisture content from the snow at Fremont Pass east of Camp Hale, combined with that at Vail Mountain and Copper Mountain, was 51.6 inches.Instead of declining, as is typical for this time of year, the snowpack continued to pile up courtesy of unsettled weather from the Pacific Ocean. Until the third week of March, snowpack levels were on par with those recorded in 2002 – the worst drought in more than 300 years. In that year the snowpack was depleted by May 27.In Avon, Weatherwatcher Frank Doll recorded .34″ of rain during the weekend. More precipitation is in the forecast today and tonight.The deeper snowpack will extend the runoff deeper into the summer, providing more water for irrigation. Three reservoirs that supply water to the Eagle River Valley and elsewhere – Homestake south of Red Cliff, Eagle Park east of Camp Hale and Black Lakes atop Vail Pass – are expected to fill this year. Reservoirs provide a reserve that can be used to boots river flows in dry periods so water users can continue to divert water.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or, Colorado

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