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Colorado Snowpack at Only 2% of Average

Jun 10, 2012
Kirk Siegler / KUNC

A mild winter coupled with higher than average temperatures are causing what little snow is left in the mountains to disappear.

State Snowpack Levels Well Below Average

Mar 30, 2012
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It’s no secret this winter has been short on snow...just ask any skier or rider. Now statistics are starting to back up those anecdotal accounts. Snowpack levels across Colorado are trending well below average. And with no winter storms on the horizon, it looks like it might stay that way.

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The recent stretch of warm, sunny weather in northern Colorado is taking a toll on the state’s already lagging snowpack.  Despite modest gains from several February storms, forecasters say the snowpack is shrinking with each warm day.

Across much of Colorado, Utah, Montana and northern California, the snowpack is at less than half the average. There are concerns the skimpy snowpack won't fill the reservoirs and rivers. Millions of people depend on melting snow for their drinking water and farms.

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Snowfall in the Colorado mountains is lagging this season. But forecasters say there’s still plenty of time to catch up.

CO Water Science Center / USGS

Federal climate scientists say the next three months will be tough for drought-plagued Texas and some neighboring states, including Colorado.

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While the risk of flooding due to this year’s record snowpack has diminished somewhat - state and county emergency officials remain on alert for the possibility of flooding from other sources.

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Larimer County officials are optimistic that spring runoff from this year’s record snow in parts of the state won’t turn into serious flooding for northern Colorado.

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Flooding continues to be a concern even as temperatures that have been in the upper 80s and 90s return to more seasonal highs.

Colorado Water Conservation Board

The risk of flooding from mountain snowpack is expected to pick up this week as temperatures climb to some of the highest of the season.

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