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98 percent of CO in drought conditions

5:42 PM, Apr 3, 2012   |    comments
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The driest areas of the state are in the southeast, northwest and northeast corners.

The northeastern plains received just 5 percent of the moisture that area normally gets in March.

9NEWS spoke with experts from the Colorado Snow Survey Program.
They say that since we saw an above-average snowpack last year, that will help make up for this year and help the water supply over the summer.

"A lot of people have been comparing this year to 2002 and the difference is that we didn't have the reservoir storage in 2002," Mage Skordahl, with the Colorado Snow Survey Program, said. "2002 came off of multiple years of below-average snowpack and very little storage in the reservoirs and that is when you really start to get in trouble when you have multiple years of below-average [snowpack]."

Skordahl also says if Colorado sees heavy spring rains, it will help make up for a drier winter.

The state snowpack is now down to just 60 percent of where it should be, which is why the snowfall on Tuesday was much needed.

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