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20″ of snowcover disappears in 16 days

February 18, 2011

Temperatures over 20 degrees above normal ate away at the deep snowpack from the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011, completely clearing the ground of any snow depth except for piles and drifts. As a result, Klein Creek is now over its banks (minor flooding). In addition, a path and some fields in Armstrong Park are flooded, and the northern overflow basin is about 60% full (usually dry).

The snow water equivalent of the snow was 3.27″. Fortunately the melt took place over an extended period of time, limiting the effects of the flooding.

Another inch of rain or snow water equivalent is forecast for next week. This may result in persistent minor flooding.

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