Snow in Rockies but Western drought continues with hot winds in California, wildfire in Texas

  • by: Associated Press
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 - 4:15 PM

DENVER — A powerful spring storm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow in some parts of the Rockies closed a major national trucking route for more than 24 hours, snapped power lines and drew skiers to the slopes of Colorado's only remaining open ski area. Just to the south, some Arizona communities are rationing water because of drought, and to the west, drought-parched California is bracing for another week of hot weather that could fuel more wildfires. Welcome to springtime in the West, where May snowstorms are coinciding with the start to the region's wildfire season — and doing little to alleviate the overall regional drought.

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