Snowpack stuck at 82 percent |

Snowpack stuck at 82 percent

Cliff Thompson

EAGLE COUNTY – With just three weeks until the peak of snowpack in Eagle County’s high country, but rain and snow forecast for the weekend, snow levels remain at 82 percent of the long-term average. The snowpack feeds streams that supply water for homes and irrigation. The snow acts as a large, frozen reservoir that releases water as the weather warms.The water contained in a trio of sites used to gauge snow moisture – on Vail Mountain, Fremont Pass east of Camp Hale and Copper Mountain – contains 43.9 inches of water. The long-term average for snow moisture on these sites is 60 inches.Black Lakes atop Vail Pass, Homestake Reservoir south of Red Cliff and Eagle Park east of Camp Hale – the three reservoirs that release water into the Eagle River and its tributaries – are expected to fill.Reservoirs are a watery savings account that can be tapped during dry periods.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450 or, Colorado

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