Statewide snow accumulation is off to a near normal start, the Natural Resources Conservation Service reported Thursday.

Snowpack in the Arkansas River Basin is above normal at 114 percent of the median.

Precipitation for December was 101 percent of average, which brings year-to-date precipitation to 105 percent of average.

At 99 percent of normal statewide on Jan. 1, Colorado’s snowpack is at exactly the same level as seen in 2001 and close to the totals recorded in 1995 and 2014.

The snowpack in the Arkansas River Basin is currently ranked 11th of the 35-year period of record.

Statewide snowpack totals range from 47 percent of normal in the Alamosa Creek drainage to 146 percent in the Upper Arkansas Basin.

Reservoir storage at the end of December was 79 percent of average compared to 59 percent last year. Current streamflow forecasts range from 119 percent of average for Chalk Creek near Nathrop to 82 percent of average for the Cucharas River near La Veta.

Statewide reservoir storage is only slightly above normal through Jan. 1 at 103 percent of average. The Arkansas and Upper Rio Grande basins are the only two watersheds with storage totals below 80 percent of average.

Each major watershed has better storage than last year at the same time. The Arkansas’ combined reservoir storage is 20 percent higher than last year at this time.

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