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SNOTEL data available as of January 26, 2017. 

The past two weeks have brought continued precipitation which has continued to hold above normal snow water equivalent (SWE) values for much of the western United States.  The northern states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana continue to hover between 60 and 100 percent of normal, while the recent southwestern storms have erased the lack of snow in the southern portions of Arizona and New Mexico, increasing their basin SWE values to more than 100 percent of normal.


In Colorado, the temperatures have cooled a bit, which has resulted in more snow at lower elevations, while continuing to build a strong snowpack in the mountains.  As of today, all of Colorado's basins range between 135 and 177 percent of normal.  The amounts of basin snow accumulation are equivalent to 75 to 100 percent of normal peak snowpack volumes historically observed around the beginning of April.  Short-term forecasts show a five to ten-day period of drier conditions, with the three-month forecast showing normal amounts of precipitation for Colorado. 


If Colorado can avoid dust on snow events, temperatures stay low, and precipitation is near normal, we may exceed normal April 1st snowpack volumes resulting in fantastic runoffs for the majority of our basins. 



Jordan Dimick, P.E.

SGM Senior Engineer