Snowpack news: Statewide snowpack at 72% of average, Colorado River basin — 68%

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From the Summit County Citizens Voice (Bob Berwyn):

Despite above-average January snowfall in a few localized spots in Colorado, the state’s snowpack recovered only slightly from the early winter snow drought, reaching just 72 percent of normal (and 62 percent of last year’s reading) as of Feb. 1.

The low readings were most evident in the Yampa and White river basins, where the combined snowpack was only 60 percent of average. Forecasts for spring and summer water supplies in these basins reflect the below average snowpack. Reservoir storage across the state continues to remain in good condition which should help ease potential shortages this season…

The Arkansas basin was at 81 percent of average on February 1 down from 94 percent at the beginning of January. The greatest decrease was measured in the Upper Rio Grande basin, where the snowpack dropped 15 percent from the Jan. 1 reading.

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