Mountain snows that feed Colorado River look good so far

Mountain snows that feed Colorado River look good so far

DENVER (AP) – Snowpack in the mountains that feeds the Colorado River is slightly above the long-term average, welcome news in the drought-stricken Southwest.

But experts say it’s too early to predict how deep the snow will get or how much of it will turn into water that makes its way into Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona.

April is the key time for predicting how much water will flow into the lake from the snow melting in the Rocky Mountains. The bulk of the snow has fallen by then, and the runoff has begun.

On Tuesday, the snowpack was 104 percent of normal in the Upper Colorado River Basin. That includes the western half of Colorado, the eastern half of Utah and smaller portions of Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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