Farmers endure lack of moisture due to dry winter

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Meteorologists with the Grand Junction National Weather Service say this has been one of the driest winters in decades.

And with snowpack levels very low, it could have an impact on irrigation water for farmers.

"Not having the snowpack available for irrigation and to moisten our trees and our grasslands and so forth, obviously is going to have an impact. So there’s a good chance that we are going to see more vegetation dying," said NWS meteorologist Norv Larson.

Farmers aren’t used to worrying about snowpack levels.

"We are very similar from a temperature standpoint, the difference is we are dryer this year, whereas last year we really didn't think about snow-pack, this year it's an issue for us," said farm manager at Talbott's Mountain Gold, Bruce Talbott.

But with a storm coming in, there are signs of hope for the Western Slope.

"With this next storm, this is certainly going to help our numbers in terms of restoring water here in Western Colorado in the form of snowpack,” Larson said.

The unpredictability of the weather can be part of the problem.

"That's our issue, it's not when it gets warm, it’s that it stays once it does it. When it goes back and forth that's when we lose things," Talbot said

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