Colorado snowpack double normal amounts
DENVER (AP) — The statewide snowpack is almost double the average for this time of year, thanks to a wet spring and winter.
The Denver Post reported Thursday that snowpack in the South Platte basin is at about 300 percent of average, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The South Platte basin provides water to Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley and other cities along the populous Front Range on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains.
Snowpack in the Upper Colorado River basin is at more than 200 percent. The Colorado River provides water to seven Western states, including drought stricken California.
Southern areas of Colorado aren’t faring as well.
The Arkansas basin is at 132 percent of average, while the Rio Grande basin is at 39 percent.