Snowpack above average but dropped in January |

Snowpack above average but dropped in January

Aspen Times staff report

Colorado’s statewide snowpack decreased significantly during a dry January, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) said Wednesday.

The statewide snowpack fell from 136 percent of average on Jan. 1 to 117 percent of average on Feb. 1, the agency said.

“Decreases in snowpack percentages were measured in all of the major river basins of the state,” said Allen Green, state conservationist with the NRCS. Basins in southwest Colorado experienced the driest conditions during January.

Even with the decreases last month, snowpack totals remain above average nearly statewide, the NRCS said.

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