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Snowpack still low despite December precipitation

DENVER (AP) _ The Natural Resources Conservation Service says Colorado's snowpack is still below average but improved significantly over the past month.

Phyllis Ann Philipps, state conservationist with the service, says ``conditions could have been much worse if we had not received the moisture we did in December.''

As of Jan. 1, Colorado's statewide snowpack was 70 percent of average _ the fourth lowest in the last 32 years. But the figure increased significantly since Dec. 1, when the snowpack was only 36 percent of average.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/VMdFGr ) mountain precipitation was 112 percent of average for December, but dry conditions in October and November statewide have kept precipitation totals below average.

Statewide reservoir storage is about 68 percent of average.

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