Guys and Gals:
It's gonna be major this year. Dust off your dancing shoes because the snowpack looks big and red in the Upper South Platte and Upper Ark and I suspect it's just as bad or worse in the Upper Colorado and Upper Animas.
Big snow pack = big flows.
Red dust on snow
= crazy fast run off. This is a fact.
Here's some good info for snowpack percentage by snowtel gage:
And here's some light reading:
Center For Snow and Avalanche Studies - Silverton, Colorado
So, when the night-time temps cease to drop below freezing and the sun shines all day. It's gonna rip off fast.
I'll make a bold and rash prediction:
Ark at Salida - Peak at 6k in June
Clear at Golden - Peak at 2k in July