Colorado snowpack melting faster than usual

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The Colorado snowpack is melting more quickly than usual, boosting reservoir storage above average across the state.

The latest surveys conducted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service show snowpack totals are below average across the state. However, they still remain higher than last year’s.

In May, stormy spring weather built up the snowpack in northern Colorado, increasing runoff potential. Warm recent temperatures have already taken their toll though.

Dry spring weather in southern Colorado has left snowpack only in higher elevations, with poor potential for future runoff.

- Associated Press