Colorado snowpack thins, but still above average |

Colorado snowpack thins, but still above average

Jerd Smith
Rocky Mountain News
Denver, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado’s snowpack – a critical indicator of annual water supplies – has diminished in recent weeks, dropping from 120 percent of average Jan. 1 to 108 percent of average this week, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“We have hit a January thaw,” said Mike Gillespie, snow survey supervisor for the NRCS. The good news, he said, is that projections call for the snowpack to hold fairly steady through the winter and spring, meaning 2009 should deliver adequate water. Gillespie’s comments came at a meeting of the Governor’s Water Availability Task Force in Denver.

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