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February 2, 2023 River Report


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February 2, 2023 at 10:30am



Snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed is currently 133% of normal for this time of year. Consistent snowfall has built a solid snowpack so far this winter. In fact, Natural Resources Conservation Service data shows that December and January were the snowiest in three years, and above average as well. Meanwhile, persistent frigid overnight temperatures are creating beautiful anchor ice and surface ice in local rivers. Flowing water is ‘locked up’ as ice and stream flows drop as a result. Over the next few days, as overnight temperatures drop well below freezing, get up early and take a walk along the Roaring Fork River to look for anchor ice at the bottom of the river. But get up early because the sun’s radiation – as much as 1/100th of a degree – can detach anchor ice and give the river a slushy appearance as it moves downstream.

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