State monitors say Colorado’s snowpack is almost gone.
The town of Frisco is asking residents to voluntarily conserve water.
Canoe? Check. Paddle? Check. Life preserver? Check. Epic whitewater conditions? Maybe next year.
Much of Colorado’s fire risk is due to drought conditions settling in over much of the state, and this week Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a major water conservation bill into law.
It’s going to be a long summer watching the water for businesses that depend on healthy river flows in Colorado. A lack of snow over the winter will mean lower than normal river levels.
Colorado’s snowpack is quickly melting, as warm, dry conditions persist.
Crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation are busy clearing snow from Independence Pass to open it nearly two weeks early.
The Colorado ski season officially ends this Sunday when the lifts close at Arapahoe Basin — its earliest closing in decades. But the low snowpack and warm weather isn’t bad news for all high country businesses.
The weekend snow storm helped, but communities in the high country are still worried there won’t be enough water this summer.
Fire officials say there is significant fire potential across eastern Colorado’s plains, dry Rockies forests and the Western slope due to drought, low humidity and lack of precipitation.