Articles | Volume 23, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3765–3786, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-3765-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3765–3786, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-3765-2019
Research article
18 Sep 2019
Research article | 18 Sep 2019

The sensitivity of modeled snow accumulation and melt to precipitation phase methods across a climatic gradient

Keith S. Jennings and Noah P. Molotch

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There is a wide variety of modeling methods to designate precipitation as rain, snow, or a mix of the two. Here we show that method choice introduces marked uncertainty to simulated snowpack water storage (> 200 mm) and snow cover duration (> 1 month) in areas that receive significant winter and spring precipitation at air temperatures at and near freezing. This marked uncertainty has implications for water resources management as well as simulations of past and future hydroclimatic states.