Colorado Snowpack

Hot weather in Colorado is bringing an early start to the summer, and it's also bringing damage to the state's snowpack.

It's down to 26 percent, ending any hope of an above-average water runoff this summer.

Last month, the snowpack was 65 percent of average after what seemed to be a promising winter.

Southwestern Colorado has been hit the hardest with levels just eleven percent of average in the Rio Grande Basin and six percent in the San Juan, Animas and Dolores basin.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service says snowmelt is tracking anywhere from two to four months earlier than normal.

So much snow is melting that some rivers have already hit their peak flows for the year.

Reservoir storage across most of Colorado is at 99 percent of average, which the agency attributes to storage of the early snowmelt.