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Old 12-25-2012, 07:26 PM
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Public information statement
national weather service grand junction co
515 pm mst tue dec 25 2012

the following are preliminary storm total snowfall amounts from
mountain snotel observation sites in eastern utah and western
colorado from the christmas eve winter storm...starting early monday
morning and lasting until around 8 am tuesday. Amounts are in inches.

Northwest colorado mountains:
Park and elkhead mountains: 5 to 12 inches.
Flattops: 5 to 10 inches.
Central colorado mountains:
Grand mesa: 6 to 20 inches.
Gore and elk mountains: 5 to 10 inches.
West elk and sawatch mountains: 5 to 12 inches.
Southwest colorado mountains:
Uncompaghre plateau: 10 inches on columbine pass.
San juans: 5 to 10 inches.

 
Old 12-25-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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Wink Upper Colorado snowpack

Merry Christmas.


Estes Park only saw several inches from this latest storm. But as always remains in the rain shadow of the high peaks in RMNP just to the west, so the level of snow there more indicative of the snow season. All the more as this is where the headwaters of major rivers, such as the Colorado, are.

Currently the snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin is 87.95% of normal. This would contrast with the wet year of 2011 when the snowpack was just over 100% this date, but then rose dramatically, particularly come spring. Or presently fractionally lower than this date in 2012 (as figured, this being 2013), having of late actually risen to be as much. 2010 about the same level this date, and then remaining at roughly 80% throughout, whereas last year, with one uptick, it just kept getting lower.

There is a good graph of this, here:
Upper Colorado River Snowpack Database
 
Old 12-26-2012, 10:56 AM
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Hopefully this is going to be a trend:

Another winter storm will be passing through the Central Rockies over the next 48 hours. This will bring widespread light snowfall to eastern Utah and western Colorado with accumulations ranging from 2 to 4 inches in the valleys, with up to 10 inches in the mountains by Thursday afternoon...with additional snowfall likely into the day on Friday. Drier weather returns for the weekend...with another winter storm due to arrive on New Years Eve.
 
Old 12-26-2012, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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It is nice to see the mountains get a lot of snow as I want to go skiing very soon.

Here is Pueblo we officially had a white Christmas and it was nice but we only had about a inch of snow in the city and a few inches in the suburbs west of town. I am not sure how much snow Beulah, Rye or Colorado City got but I am sure they had the most in the Pueblo MSA as they usually do. That means I am still waiting for my big storm. I would like to see one in January.
 
Old 12-27-2012, 03:59 PM
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Public information statement
national weather service grand junction co
257 pm mst thu dec 27 2012

the following are preliminary 24 hour precipitation reports from
western colorado and eastern utah, ending around 8 am thursday. The
first value is rainfall or water amounts in snow, and the second
value is snowfall, when appropriate. Amounts are in inches.

Western colorado and eastern utah 24 hour stations,

craig, 0.14.
Meeker, 0.20.

Official climate stations,

western colorado,

black canyon national park, 0.12, 4.0.
2 miles southwest of collbran, 0.08, 1.9.
4 miles southwest of craig, 0.23, 3.3.
Crested butte, 0.30, 4.4.
17 miles west of glade park, 0.09, 1.2.
3 miles southwest of gunnison, 0.13, 1.7.
Massadona, 0.49, 5.5.
Mesa verde national park, 0.03, 2.0.
1 mile east of rangely, 0.25, 5.0.
3 miles northeast of rifle, 0.08, 1.8.
Shoshone, 0.29, 6.0.
Steamboat springs, 0.33, 6.8.

2 miles north of avon, 0.14, 1.3.
33 miles north of craig, 0.25, 2.3.
Collbran, 0.11, 1.8.
6 miles south of mesa, 0.08, 1.0.
New castle, 1.0.
1 mile east of silt, 0.09, 2.3.
1 mile southeast of steamboat springs, 0.37, 7.0.
4 miles northeast of cedaredge, 1.0.
Coal bank pass, 0.45, 10.5.
1 mile southwest of cortez, 4.5.
Dinosaur, 6.0.
4 miles southwest of dolores, 0.31, 3.3.
Durango, 0.04, 1.0.
18 miles northeast of durango, 2.0.
1 mile northwest of fruita, 0.07, 1.0.
1 mile south of glenwood springs, 0.20, 7.5.
7 miles north of gunnison, 0.15, 3.0.
Meeker, 3.5.
Molas pass, 0.30, 4.0.
15 miles west of montrose, 0.06, 1.0.
2 miles northwest of oak creek, 0.20, 3.5.
Powderhorn ski, 8.0.
Rangely, 5.0.
Red mountain pass, 0.35, 4.0.
Snowmass ski, 0.22, 3.1.
2 miles southeast of steamboat springs, 0.36, 8.0.
Telluride ski, 0.20, 3.5.
1 mile northwest of vail, 0.08, 1.5.

Climate reference network sites,

western colorado crn sites,

8 miles southeast of cortez, 0.14.
2 miles east of dinosaur, 0.26.
15 miles west of meeker, 0.24.
11 miles northeast of montrose, 0.16.


The following are preliminary 24 hour snowfall estimates at mountain
snotel observation sites in the mountains of eastern utah and
western colorado.

Northwest colorado mountains:
Park/elkhead mountains: 6 to 10 inches, up to 17 at tower.
Flattops: 6 to 10 inches, up to 16 at ripple creek.
Central colorado mountains:
Grand mesa: 4 to 8 inches.
Gore and elk mountains: 2 to 4 inches.
West elk and sawatch mountains: 5 to 10 inches.
Southwest colorado mountains:
Uncompaghre plateau: About 12 inches on columbine pass.
San juans: 3 to 6 inches, with 8 to 12 on sw slopes.
 
Old 12-27-2012, 04:19 PM
 
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^ In other words, a quite unremarkable winter storm that fizzled out in many places. Better than nothing, though.
 
Old 12-27-2012, 04:43 PM
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Indeed it was jazz. I got a grand total of .4 inches snow and managed to squeeze .02 inches of moisture from it. NWS is calling for more snowfall Monday.
 
Old 12-27-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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We got just a tad more here in Fruita Jim- .6 inches.
 
Old 12-27-2012, 10:37 PM
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My friends in other states keep asking me why I don't build a snowman. I guess I could add water to this snow and do it that way.
 
Old 12-27-2012, 11:44 PM
 
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My friends in other states keep asking me why I don't build a snowman. I guess I could add water to this snow and do it that way.
... or move to the Sierras. The Rockies = fluffy snow.
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