Late storms salvage January |

Late storms salvage January

Snowfall on five of the last seven days of January salvaged a dreadfully dry month and created some of the best ski conditions of the season.

About 10 inches of snow fell after Jan. 25, highlighted by seven inches that fell Super Bowl Sunday and into Monday.

For all of January, about 14 inches fell at the Aspen Water Plant, the town’s official weather-watching site. While that is below average, it is much better than prospects looked after the first three weeks of the month.

Until the storms started rolling in on Jan. 25, less than five inches of snow had fallen all month at the water plant. Aspen was on a pace to have one of the driest Januarys since 1934, when weather information was first recorded.

The 66-year average for snow in town during January is 25.2 inches, according to city data, so this month is about 11 inches below average.

Higher snowfall amounts fell on the ski slopes.

Snowpack measurements near Aspen also reflected the flurry of storms during the last week of January. Data collected by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service showed the snowpack improved from 81 percent of average on Jan. 24 to 85 percent of average Jan. 31.

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