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Aspen Water Plant tallied 190 inches of snowfall this winter, 22% above average

Staff report

Although it feels like winter is never going to end, April ended with less snowfall than average and just slightly more precipitation than normal at the Aspen Water Plant.

The monthly weather report compiled by the water department said only 5.9 inches of snowfall was recorded at the plant for the month. The average is 16.42 inches. Any snow that fell after midnight Wednesday will be tallied for May.

“Although we received less snowfall, we finished the month above average in terms of total precipitation, with 2.40 inches recorded,” the report said. “The average is 2.22 inches.”

Most of the precipitation came during heavy rain showers over the last four days of the month. Nearly an inch of precipitation was recorded April 30 alone. The water plant is at an elevation of 8,161 feet. Snow fell on higher slopes Tuesday.

Aspen’s record for snowfall in April was 55.90 inches in 2011.

For the winter (October through April), the Aspen Water Plant has received 190.12 inches of snowfall. That is about 22% above the average of 155.38 inches for September through June.


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