Wow. Perpetual drought predictions are not coming true.
As the days get warmer, the snowcaps in the High Country are about to shrink. An epic spring runoff is in the works after one of the best winters in recent years, and local water and emergency officials are preparing Summit County for the deluge.
Snowpack across the state is 654% of normal, according to the latest snow survey from the National Resources Conservation Service. That is 51 times larger than the state’s average snowpack at this time last year, with flooding a much bigger concern at this point than wildfire. The state of Colorado is drought-free for the first time in 20 years, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
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We had 2 1/2 to 3 times the average snowpack but the spring was so cold and continued to add snow until the end of May so the 654% occured because most of the snow would have already melted. The rivers are running two weeks behind on their maximum crest.