Snow boosts Yamp River, but flows still below average


— The 1.48 inches of precipitation, much of it in the form of snow, that has fallen in the Upper Yampa River Basin in October has had a positive effect on the river where it flows through Steamboat Springs. But the Yampa is still flowing below its historic range.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the Yampa River beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in Steamboat jumped from just above 80 cubic feet per second on Oct. 23 to more than 100 cfs on Oct. 25 and remained at 103 cfs Monday.

The median flow for Oct. 29 is 131 cfs.

The Elk River also got a bounce out of last week’s twin snowstorms but is not faring as well as the Yampa. The Elk, where it flows into the Yampa between Steamboat and Milner, was flowing at 72 cfs Monday compared to the median for the date of 118 cfs.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email


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