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From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley):

“We’ll be seeing drastically different runoffs when we get things warming up,” said Mike Gillespie, snow survey supervisor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. “We’re likely to see water availability shortages down south. We’ll probably have a little more water than we know what to do with up north. It could be some high water.”[…]

Data collected during March showed the snowpack at 130 percent of average in the Colorado River Basin, 135 percent along the North Platte River, 131 percent along the Yampa and 123 percent along the South Platte. That’s the best snowpack report for the South Platte since 1997.

Around southern Colorado, however, tributary systems flowing into major rivers contain 50 to 70 percent of average snowpack, Gillespie said. The snowpack along the Rio Grande River was measured at 76 percent of average, and 86 percent for the San Juan, Animas, San Miguel and Dolores rivers.

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