An impressive snowpack has accumulated in the Colorado Rockies, signalling replenishment of a thirsty Lower Colorado River basin. Experts believe this could be the wettest winter in the region in some 30 years.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports experts project 9.6-million acre-feet of runoff into the basin from April to July, 134% of the annual average since 1987. Water flow into the basin could negate the critical shortage declaration that had been projected for the basin sometime next year.