A storm system will begin to impact Southern Colorado by late Friday morning. Mountain locations will simply see snow, but lower elevations will see rain eventually change to snow by later Friday afternoon. Locations that are higher in elevation will see the heaviest snow, due to them seeing cooler temperatures. So, Teller County, far northwest El Paso County, and the Wet & Sangre de Cristo Mountains will likely see several inches of wet snow. The major cities will see far less amounts and the storm will exit toward early Saturday morning.
Colorado's snowpack has dropped to 72 percent of normal and time is running out to make up the difference.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, a federal agency that tracks the levels, says the below-average snowpack is producing a bleak water-supply outlook for this year.
According to the Aspen Times, current stream flow forecasts continue to point to well-below normal runoff in all the major river basins in Colorado.
At the beginning of this year, 30 of Colorado's 64 counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas due to severe drought and heat, making farmers and ranchers eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency.
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