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Over one-third of Colorado remains in the two worst drought categories.
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This week's drought monitor update showed only one small area of improvement in north central Colorado.
Much of Boulder County, which had been abnormally dry, shifted to drought-free conditions. The nearly-perfect circle of improvement left behind strips of abnormally dry areas along the western and eastern borders. Much of the area has a foot more snow than is typical for this time of year.
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While changes were slight for Colorado's drought conditions this week, early snowpack hints at above normal amounts of water for some areas.
In south central Colorado, extreme drought was replaced with severe conditions in western Las Animas and southern Huerfano counties. Slivers of several north central counties saw abnormally dry conditions overtake moderate drought.
Drought was unchanged across the remainder of the state, including southwest Colorado, which continues to suffer under exceptional drought - the worst category.
Extreme drought disappeared from Pueblo County over the past week, while other drought levels continued to recede from other southeastern counties. Western and south-central Colorado largely remains in extreme and exceptional drought, the two worst categories.
Conditions Report - Statewide
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Eastern Colorado will see its first noticeable snow storm of the season Sunday. Wind and blowing snow are expected across the region, with temperatures staying below freezing throughout the day.
The National Weather Service office in Pueblo has issued a winter storm warning for all of Las Animas and Huerfano counties, along with portions of Costilla, Alamosa, Saguache, Custer, Pueblo, Fremont and Chaffee counties. The warning will be in effect until 6:00 a.m. Monday for the southern portion of the region. Northern areas can expect the warning to end around 9:00 p.m. Sunday.