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Drought Status and Snowpack Update

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According to the January 30 update from the National Integrated Drought Information System(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window) (NIDIS), 28% of the state is currently experiencing some level of drought with 21% in the Moderate Drought category, 5% in a Severe Drought, and 30% of Colorado is Abnormally Dry. The map featured above shows the drought conditions on January 30.

As of February 5, cumulative precipitation in the Colorado River watershed was tracking at 113% of average and the South Platte River watershed was tracking at 86% of average. Snowpack in the Colorado River is tracking at 98% of normal and is tracking at 106% of normal in the South Platte River watershed. Denver Water’s reservoir totals are 87% full and were 85% full this time last year.


Statewide snowpack is at 93 percent of median as of February 6.


Percent of median by river basin:

Yampa and White: 96

Upper Colorado: 100

Laramie and North Platte: 91

South Platte: 94

Gunnison: 95

Arkansas: 91

Upper Rio Grande: 80

San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan: 84