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Colorado Snowpack Up, But Not Enough

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Snow surveyors measure the snowpack on Berthoud Pass in this undated file photo. (credit: CBS)

Snow surveyors measure the snowpack on Berthoud Pass in this undated file photo. (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (AP) – Forecasters say February snowstorms helped increase snowpack in Colorado, but not enough to solve the state’s water problems.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday that statewide snowpack increased to 81 percent of average, up 9 percentage points from the 72 percent of average recorded on Feb. 1.

Forecasters say despite these gains, this year’s snowpack continues to lag well behind last year’s totals.

The South Platte basin is in the best shape with a snowpack that’s 89 percent of average. The Yampa/White basin is the lowest at 74 percent.

All major basins in Colorado are expected to have below average runoff conditions this spring and summer. However, reservoir storage is above average in most of the state and that’s expected to ease any late-summer shortages.

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