As of April 25, 2017, approximately 45 percent of Colorado is experiencing dry conditions. About 36 percent of the state is classified as abnormally dry while 9 percent is classified as moderate drought.
This is drier than one year ago, when only 27 percent of the state was experiencing dry or drought conditions. However, it is an improvement from conditions in mid-April, when approximately 66 percent of the state was abnormally dry or in moderate drought.
A warm March and lower than average precipitation have contributed to the drier conditions. Recent snowfall and rain may help in upcoming weeks.