Rocky Mountains ColoradoBy Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

Even if more snow falls in Colorado later this winter, it might not make up for a record low in precipitation across the state, say meteorologists.

In response to this bad news, utilities have stepped up monitoring of reserves to determine how much water they can leave in reservoirs that will not threaten dam capacity if more snow and rain eventually fall.

State officials will review “emerging drought conditions” next week. Much of Colorado is officially in a drought. Spring storms have helped save the state in the past, but snowpack in the Rockies, which feeds the area’s rivers, has been remarkably low in the last 30 years.

“There’s definitely concern,” U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service snow survey supervisor Brian Domonokos told The Denver Post. “Can we count on a big spring dump to save us at this point? No, I certainly wouldn’t count on that.”

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