Colorado snowpack up, but not enough

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Forecasters say February snowstorms helped increase snowpack in Colorado, but not enough to solve the state’s water problems.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday that statewide snowpack increased to 81 percent of average, up 9 percentage points from the 72 percent of average recorded on Feb. 1.

Forecasters say despite these gains, this year’s snowpack continues to lag well behind last year’s totals.

As of March 1, all major basins in Colorado are expected to have below average runoff conditions this spring and summer.