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9:40 PM, Feb 5, 2014   |    comments
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FORT COLLINS - The amount of snow that fell around our state over the last week helped push our snowpack levels above normal. This time last year, levels were concerning.

It's safe to say every county and corner of Colorado has seen some sort of snow fall over the last couple of weeks. When you look back on this day one year ago, you'll see our snowpack levels were only 72 percent of average. Fast-forward to today and they're above average - around 109 percent.

"We've kind of been keeping up with normal the entire season - the southern basins hadn't been doing quite as good - but they've really benefited over the snow we got from this past week," said Wendy Ryan, assistant State Climatologist.

Ryan says our reservoirs will benefit from this greatly. The only real big sour spot in our state is in southeast Colorado. Even with a tremendous amount of snowfall, that corner wouldn't be able to recover quickly due to the past four years of severe drought.

"They've got a long recovery ahead of them," Ryan added.

Ryan also said the snow we're receiving now could help us when it comes to wildfire season - which is right around the corner. But she also added this:

"If we had a wet spring things could change really quickly and dry out - when you grow all those grasses, the fine fuels (they call them). They can dry out quickly and rapidly increase fire danger," said Ryan.

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