GREELEY - When Glenn Fritzler looked out his window and saw it snowing he had hope for this year's growing season.
Fritzler's family has been farming land in Weld County for several generations, but the drought that currently has a strangle hold on Colorado has made things difficult.
"We were disappointed this morning to see the quantity. We were hoping for a little bit more snow," Fritzler said. "We're in such a desperate situation. What I was told earlier is that we need 200 percent of normal snow fall to just have a normal 2013."
This most recent storm dropped several inches of snow in eastern Colorado.
"The problem is definitely not solved," said Dana Strongin, a spokesperson for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. "We need a lot more than this. With these couple of inches we got a tiny bit of water. We're saying that we are a few inches of water behind, therefore we need several feet of snow at this point to catch up to what would be considered normal."
While the snowfall in eastern Colorado is beneficial to winter wheat farmers, what farmers who use irrigation really need is a major snowfall in the mountains. That would provide a snowmelt that could help fill reservoirs and provide water for irrigation throughout the growing season.
"Frankly, as far as we're concerned it will have to be a storm of epic proportions to get us caught up," Strongin said.
The water storage facilities in northern Colorado are currently far below normal for this time of year and there is grave concern there may not be enough water to get farmers through this growing season.
"They are looking at a situation in which they may just choose not to plant this year and rent out the water back to cities," Strongin said.
"It is a very critical time. We're making some game changing decisions," Fritzler said. "We've got an onion market that we have committed to that we have to take care of and we have sweet corn that we have to take care of. The grains and stuff like that, we're making decisions whether we're going to plant them or probably walk away from it and not try it all."
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