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Southwestern mountains to get even more snow

TELLURIDE ” The southwestern mountains, already saturated by snow and rain, will get more snow early this week.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the central and southwestern mountains Sunday with up to 20 inches possible by Tuesday morning. Although southwestern Colorado had been the region of the state hardest hit by the five-year drought, this year it leads the rest of the state.

The snowpack for the basin made up by the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan rivers was 153 percent of the 30-year average as of Sunday. The rest of the state was only 110 percent with three basins important to the populous Front Range all below 100 percent.

As of Sunday, the Upper Colorado was 98 percent, Laramie and North Platte 90 percent, and South Platte 87 percent.

A winter storm watch also was issued for the eastern San Juans and eastern Sawatch mountains, where up to eight inches of possible was possible.

Only an inch or two was forecast for the northern mountains.

Last month the statewide snowpack had hit 128 percent of the 30-year average. Although it has declined it remains well ahead of last year on the same date.

Climatologists have predicted a wetter-than-average spring, which would help the state continue to ease out of the drought.

The forecast for the next couple of weeks calls for drier than average weather followed by normal conditions.


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