Despite big snowstorms, drought drags on Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 05:00 AM

Recent heavy snowfall along Colorado’s Front Range and in the mountains brought some much-needed moisture to the region. But despite the blizzard, all of Colorado remains in some state of drought.

Overall, the storms helped the state see a 17% reduction in drought, with eastern areas of the state seeing the most relief. The Western slope, however, saw little change in its extreme and exceptional drought status.

Snowpack is still 92% of average statewide. In the western part of the state, however, Gunnison River Basin snowpack is at 87% of average and Upper Colorado/Dolores Basin is at 85% of average.

For a week-by-week comparison of drought conditions in Colorado, visit CSU’s Colorado Climate Center. To track conditions across the country, visit the US Drought Monitor.

For information on current snowpack, visit Colorado SNOTEL Watershed Time Series Snowpack Graphs.

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