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Rabbit Ears Pass sees above average snowpack

Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs — Recent storms have helped build an above-average snowpack on Rabbit Ears Pass. — Recent storms have helped build an above-average snowpack on Rabbit Ears Pass.

— Recent storms have helped build an above-average snowpack on Rabbit Ears Pass.

A measuring site at 9,400 feet on Friday reported a snowpack that was 111 percent of average. The water equivalent of the snow is four inches more than the 4.5-inch average for the date.

It was a different story on nearby Buffalo Pass, where the measuring site was reporting the snowpack was 51 percent of average. On average, the site — at 10,500 feet — has 10.6 inches of snow water equivalent for the date. On Friday, the snow water equivalent was measured at 5.4 inches.

For the entire Yampa and White River Basins, total snowpack was 80 percent of average.

Avalanche danger for the Steamboat Springs zone was listed at moderate.

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At midday Friday, the Steamboat Ski Area reported four inches of new snow in a 24-hour period.

More snow was expected to fall Friday night and Saturday morning before a lull in the weather leading into Sunday afternoon. Joel Gratz, who runs opensnow.com, was calling for between three to six inches of snow Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon.

“Keep your eye on late this weekend and early next week for a potential low-to-moderate powder day,” Gratz wrote.

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