Winter Weather Helps With Drought

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Most of the state received a significant amount of precipitation over the past few weeks. This may have helped the state avert a significant drought.

State climatologists say the recent snowfall has been a very good thing for the state. Colorado has been in a drought for several years now, and many meteorologists feared the onset of La Nina would continue the drought and limit snowfall for the winter.

The National Weather Service says precipitation levels normally peak in the spring months, but current levels are already nearing the typical peak.

Grand Junction had the wettest December on record this past year, but extended forecasts from the National Weather Service show there could be below average precipitation and higher temperatures over the course of the next few months. Drought conditions could persist through 2008.

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