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Forecasters: NM chances slim for winter moisture

November 20, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Weather forecasters and state and federal water managers on Monday painted a grim picture of the chances drought-stricken New Mexico has to make up any ground this winter.

It’s early, but officials said the state is already starting off with half of the average snowpack for this time of year.

“It’s not a promising start to the snow season and from most of what I’ve been seeing in terms of the models floating around, it’s not looking real optimistic as far as building snowpack through the winter either,” said Wayne Sleep, a hydrology technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Drought has a firm lock right now on much of the Mid West and Western U.S. In New Mexico, drought-related pressures are stacking up though after two consecutive years of little Login to read more

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