Despite snow, Colorado enters 'severe drought' in areas

Posted at 5:17 PM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 19:17:30-05

DENVER — Despite recent snow, and significant snow in the mountains, Colorado's plains and foothills are emerged in drought-like conditions. 

Parts of Colorado's drought area have gone so long without water that they are now labeled by the U.S. Drought Monitor as "severe drought" areas. 

Across Colorado, nearly 4 million live in areas impacted by the drought. Although only swathes of one county are marked as severe, dozens of other counties in the state are marked as areas of "moderate drought." 

Lincoln County, which is several counties removed from the Denver metro area, has been labeled Colorado's most dry county. 

It's not known how much snow melt will impact Colorado as it deals with the abnormally dry conditions. 


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