Drought Concerns

Skiers and tourism officials are happy about heavy snow in the mountains. But experts warn it will take at least three wet years to restore reservoirs to normal.

Snowpack is 135 percent of average in the South Platte River basin on Colorado's Front Range. That's welcome news after last summer's record drought.

But conservationist Todd Boldt of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the spring snow depth is the most important.

A big snowpack in the spring means a lot of runoff into the treams, rivers and reservoirs that feed Colorado cities and irrigation ditches.

Climatologists say Colorado soil is so dry it will absorb a lot of runoff before it can get to streams and reservoirs.