May 23, 2011 7:47 PM by John Romero

Colorado's southern plains drying out

DENVER (AP) - Snowpack levels have reached 247 percent of average in Colorado's mountains, raising the threat of flooding around the state. But recent storms have largely bypassed the state's southeastern corner, leaving residents praying for rain.

The National Weather Service said Monday there is a chance for thunderstorms in Springfield but the new rainfall isn't expected to amount more than a tenth of an inch.

State climatologist Nolan Doesken said there's a rough dividing line between the northern and southern plains along Interstate 70. He said the dividing line has been especially sharp this year with the southern plains seeing hotter temperatures and a rapid spring drying while a minor flood watch was in effect Monday for most of the northern plains.

Farmers and ranchers in the area say they desperately need rain.


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