#Snowpack news: #Colorado Has Seen A Lot Of Snow This Month. That’s A Good Thing For #Drought Conditions — Colorado Public Radio

From Colorado Public Radio (Claire Cleveland):

After a very dry January, much of Colorado has seen more snow this month. In fact, statewide snowpack is above average at 116 percent.

That’s important for reducing drought in the state. The latest report says 44 percent of the state is still experiencing moderate or severe drought. But that’s down a bit from the week before. And last year at this time, two-thirds of the sate had at least moderate drought conditions and nearly 22 percent saw extreme drought.

Statewide Basin High/Low graph February 12, 2020 via the NRCS.

On the bright side, much of central and northern Colorado currently has no drought or abnormally dry conditions, according to the latest monitor map. And the next chance for snow on the Front Range comes early next week, while the mountains could see more flurries Sunday.

Colorado Drought Monitor February 11, 2020.

“We had gotten into some moderate to severe drought across the state with the dryness that happened a few months ago, and we’re still recovering from that,” [Rich] Tinker said. “But this snowpack certainly helps and everything you can put on top of the mountain is water you theoretically will be able to get into a reservoir at some point.”

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