Dry March Slows Buildup of Colorado Mountain Snow

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Lakewood, Colo. (AP) A dry March slowed the accumulation of the mountain snows that provide much of Colorado’s water, but snow depths still remain well above average.

The Federal Natural Resources Conservation Service says the statewide snowpack was 123 percent of average on Monday, down from 135 percent the month before.

It was 122 percent of average as of Wednesday.

The Rio Grande Basin in Southern Colorado and the San Juan, Animas and Dolores river basin in the Southwestern corner of the state showed the biggest declines in snowpack as a percent of the long-term average. Each dropped 29 points.

The Rio Grande is still at 140 percent of average and the San Juan is 126 percent.

All the state's eight major river basins are well ahead of where they were last year at this time.

The NRCS says the water volume in some of the state's rivers could be as much as 160 percent of normal.

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