Posted: May 3, 2011 7:03 PM by Adam Knapik
Updated: May 3, 2011 7:26 PM
DENVER (AP) - Federal officials are reporting record snow levels across northern Colorado, but below-average snowpack in the southern part of the state.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service says the snow on Buffalo Pass in the mountains northeast of Steamboat Springs was more than 200 inches deep, or about 16.6 feet, at the start of May.
That's an all-time record for total snowpack at any individual site in Colorado.
The water content of the snowpack was 72.6 inches, also a
record. The overall snowpack for the Yampa/White river basins was 165 percent of average, or 65 percent above average. It's a different story in southern Colorado, where the snowpack was at 72 percent of average in the Rio Grande basin.
Statewide snowpack, is 135 percent of average, prompting
concerns about flooding when the snow melts.