Dry soil last fall, low snow this winter add stress to the Yampa Valley water supply

Outlet: Steamboat Pilot & Today

Steamboat Pilot & Today: The 90-day outlook doesn’t look poised to reverse any of these trends either. The outlook is below average on precipitation chances and predicts above-average temperatures, said Todd Hagenbuch, director and agricultural agent for the Routt County Colorado State University Extension Office. Hagenbuch is anticipating a quicker snowmelt this season, which will give agriculture producers a flush of water early in the season but would mean limited water later in the season when they really need it. If temperatures are warmer as the outlook suggests, plants will need more water to grow, as well.