Colorado's Biggest Snow Storm Won't Help Neighboring States

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Neighboring states won't benefit that much from Colorado's biggest snow storm in nearly a century. The mountain snowpack that feeds river basins serving eastern Colorado rose to more than 100 percent of average levels after the storm.

But the snowpack feeding the Colorado River basin, which provides water to seven Western states including Wyoming, rose only slightly. And for that reason most of those states plan to keep in place voluntary or mandatory water restrictions and conservation measures.

In Wyoming, the snow will help parched grasslands in the southeastern region where ranchers have struggled to keep their cattle fed. But state climatologist Jan Curtis says the rest of the state will benefit little.