Growing drought concerns with little help in sight

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) — The drought monitor for Colorado puts some of our area in the extreme category.
Southern Mesa County, southwestern Delta County, and most of Montrose County are under "Extreme Drought" conditions.
The rest of Mesa and Delta counties are under "Severe Drought" conditions.
"For the rest of the season to get up to normal we would need about 200 percent of our normal snow pack from now through rest of the spring."
Western Colorado is around 70 percent of normal snow pack as of Thursday.
That has people concerned about what that means come Spring and summer.
"Mostly I’m concerned about farmers and the long term implications of the lack of snow we have," said Samuel Hall.
"Agriculture is such a big part of our community."
While March is one of our wetter months, long term forecasts right now don’t offer much hope.
"The first week or two in March is looking slightly below average right now," Strautins said.

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