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Old 04-05-2008, 09:28 PM   #1
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Snow pack melt watch 2008

OK, I'm REALLY starting to worry about the near record snow pack up and down the rockies. If the snow melts late it may make going tough in NM and Colorado on my trip. So I decided to start this thread in the hopes that those of you who are informed about the high country conditions can keep us heading that way in mid may on into the summer posted on local conditions.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:32 PM   #2
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Down here the melt is progressing pretty quickly: We've had relatively warm days (50s) and next to no extra precip in March. But it looks to me from the weather channel that the San Juans have gotten some extra springtime snows. We'll be fine here, but folks downstream along the San Juan are sweating it, I hear.


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Old 04-06-2008, 09:48 AM   #3
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It's still snowing up there. In fact, as I sit here and have the news on in the background, they are showing pics of snow coming down at the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70. Springtime is fun in Colorado
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:54 AM   #4
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I think the snow pack has even some folks concerned in the midwest. Apparently the northern snow pack is pretty substantial and they expect the Mississippi to be pretty charged if you northern folks get a fast warm up.

We've had record rains here in the STL area. March was the wettest in recorded history with over 8 inches hitting here. I've got grass high enough to cover the ankle but I can't get a mower over it due to ground conditions.

We've had a respite this weekend with two sunny days, but the local rivers are running bank full and lakes are reaching their top of flood pool storage.

What was a drought here over the past year has completely turned around.

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Right now we're still dealing with snow. I dug my Airstream out Thurs. and took it down to Denver to have new curtains and a few other things taken care of before camping season. It snowed again yesterday we've had easily over a foot this week. The good news is when it snows this time of year a foot of snow can go away in 1 day. The creek behind my house is running, just not heavily yet. Peak run off is typically around June 1st. I doubt if it's much different this year. Anything prior to mid June and I'd expect run off and muddy conditions.

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Faded memory

My memories from 20 years ago of spring in the mountains of northern NM are of early June days that were warm and nights that were quite chilly. The snow,as I recall, had retreated above 10,000 ft. On the other hand, I don't recall any 180% of normal snowfall years back then.

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Anything prior to mid June and I'd expect run off and muddy conditions.
It looks like I will be passing through during the first half of June. I guess I better keep my fingers crossed.
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OK, I'm REALLY starting to worry about the near record snow pack up and down the rockies. If the snow melts late it may make going tough in NM and Colorado on my trip. So I decided to start this thread in the hopes that those of you who are informed about the high country conditions can keep us heading that way in mid may on into the summer posted on local conditions.
The major roads up here are fine. That would be interstates, US routes and major state roads. You can also check with NOAA National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center - The ultimate source for snow information
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The major roads up here are fine. That would be interstates, US routes and major state roads. You can also check with NOAA National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center - The ultimate source for snow information
Thanks Michelle, what I am more worried about is accessing the forest service roads for boondocking and hiking and fishing and such. Thats a great link!
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The town of Del Norte issued a Flood Advisory Spring 2008 for the
Rio Grande River.

Advising people that live in the 100 yr floodplain to start preparing now.

Sand bags can be purchased the sand is provided free at the city yard.

The river alert level is at 7,500 cfs,,, right now the river is flowing at 630 cfs
Quite a difference.

Hopefully the spring melt will be slow and gradual.

Very high temps and heavy rain this spring would not be helpful....
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The major roads up here are fine. That would be interstates, US routes and major state roads. You can also check with NOAA National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center - The ultimate source for snow information
Michelle,

Great link and info, where do you find this stuff? Thanks

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Great link and info, where do you find this stuff? Thanks

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I am a big fan of weather and the goverment weather websites. No ads, much easier to find what you want than the commercial ones. They all get most of thier info from NOAA anyway.

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Thanks Michelle, what I am more worried about is accessing the forest service roads for boondocking and hiking and fishing and such. Thats a great link!
I would check with the individual forest/BLM offices.

For instance
Boise National Forest - Current Conditions
this is my home forest.
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The snow is still very deep on the Kootenay Pass. The highway is clear for the most part, but I believe avalanche controls are still in effect.

We'll see how runoff is later this month.

Edit - the pass is completely snow covered this morning, according to the web cam.
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We have above average snowpack throughout CO this year, espically in SW CO (San Juans). Primary roads are in good condition, excluding numerous potholes. Curently, the tunnel just east of Wolf Creek Pass on US 160 is closed and one must use the old road. Caution should be excerised by all RVers. The rivers, mud season & high country boondocking will be dependent on our spring temperatures. Keep monitoring the conditions as spring progresses.
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