Snowstorms this past week are bringing some welcome early-winter moisture to farmers on the eastern plains of Colorado.
The plains east of Denver are among the hardest hit areas in the state's ongoing drought.
Cindy Rundell and her family raise cattle and wheat south of Lamar in southeastern Colorado. She says the layers of snow dropped by the storms will provide moisture and protection for the wheat growing underground.
Climate and engineering experts say a couple of blizzards won't snap the drought.
But state climatologist Nolan Doesken says a bonus for the plains is the one to two inches of moisture in the snow or equivalent to what they usually get in four months in midwinter.