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Sun January 6, 2013
Environment

Snowpack Already Lagging In New Year

Colorado’s snowpack is still below average but has improved significantly over the past month.

As of Jan. 1, Colorado’s snowpack was 70 percent of average and 91 percent of last year’s readings according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“Conditions could have been much worse if we had not received the moisture we did in December," said Phyllis Ann Phillips, a state conservationist in a news release.

This month’s snowpack is the fourth lowest within the last 32 years. Stick the figure is up significantly from Dec . 1, when the snowpack was only 36 percent of average.

Mountain precipitation was 112 percent of average for December but due to exceptionally dry conditions in October and November statewide total water year to date precipitation remains below average. In October and November, Colorado received only 50 and 41 percent of average precipitation.

Statewide reservoir storage is about 70 percent of average. The average snowfall in the Front Range for the month of January is about 7 inches.