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Drought Conditions Still Exist Despite Recent Fort Collins Snow

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)- Climatologists are happy to see all the moisture from recent snowfall in Northern Colorado but that doesn’t mean the severe drought conditions are over.

Snow has been falling in the Fort Collins area for three days and it is not letting up.

At the Atmospheric Sciences Building on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins the total snowfall received through Wednesday afternoon was measured at 11 inches.

The snow is a good sign for drought conditions even though it won’t offset the severity of the drought situation in the state.

“We’re going to get more water than we were thinking just a week ago. Is the drought over? No. Does this immediately fill all the reservoirs? No. Does it take a big bite out of the early demand for water and make a good start to the season? Yes! So it’s a good start,” said CSU State Climatologist Nolan Doesken.

What’s good for the drought outlook is tough for drivers. Road conditions were expected to get worse Wednesday afternoon after winds were forecast to begin blowing around the falling snow.

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