CWCB Water Availability Task Force: Monster snowpack across the northern basins, southern basins not so much

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Here’s the summary of the meeting from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Here’s the executive summary:

La Niña conditions are forecasted to weaken into June, which is expected to bring dry conditions for the eastern plains and southern Colorado, while recent average to above average moisture in north western Colorado may linger despite this overall set-up. The Yampa, Gunnison and Colorado basins snowpack remains well above average. Conversely, the southern portion of the state has seen a reduction in precipitation over the last few months, with the Southwest and Rio Grande Basins reporting below average snowpack. Streamflow in the northern half of the state is forecasted to be above average. The streamflow forecasts in the southern half of the state are average or below average, and recent dust on snow events in the Rio Grande may accelerate runoff. Statewide reservoir storage is above average statewide but some water providers have reported strong demand already. Recent April precipitation will not make up for a dry March but should curb the wildfire danger in the short term.

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