Snowpack Yields Little Water on McClure Pass

Mar 22, 2018


Snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed is at historic lows. Levels usually peak in early April and right now, it’s around 60% of normal for this time of year. But, how are these levels determined? Do people go out in the backcountry after a storm and stick rulers in the snow? In early March, Water Education Colorado and the Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted a trip to a Snow Telemetry - or SNO-TEL - site at the top of McClure Pass. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh went along and found out that measuring snowpack is a more than rulers in the snow.