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High snowpack in Arkansas River Basin means good things downstream

Posted at 5:50 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 19:50:41-05

All of the recent snowstorms mean good things for the Arkansas River.

The National Weather Service is reporting that the Arkansas River Basin's snowpack, which feeds into the Arkansas River, is at about 116 percent of its average.

At this rate, chile and cantaloupe farmers downstream can expect a good amount of water coming their way by the time the run off starts.

"People that are use to getting water, farmers, municipalities, they should be getting their normal load. If we continue to build up a bigger snowpack, then more people are going to get water as the year moves on," said service hydrologist, Tony Anderson.

The National Weather Service says March and April, which are normally snowy months, will be telling on how much better the Springs runoff will be.