Colorado Snow Going Fast, State Dry

Published online: Jun 03, 2004
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A hot dry May and the first few days of June have brought usually fast snow melt of Colorado's remaining mountain snowpack.

The early and steady melt will mean much less runoff in the state's river basins. It will be as much as 50 percent below average in most cases in areas of northern and southern Colorado.

Most of the snow pack is gone in all of the Colorado rivers and should completely be gone within a few more days. This is a month earlier than normal.

Colorado water officials say that most river basins in the state are in trouble, from the Platte in the north to the Arkansas and others in the south.