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Snow off to a slow start in Rockies, delaying some skiers

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By DAN ELLIOTT
Associated Press
  
DENVER (AP) -- Autumn snow has been scarce in the Rocky Mountains, forcing some ski areas to push back opening day and causing some nervousness about how much water will be available next spring for the Colorado River.
  
But the first big storm of the season is expected to blow into Colorado and Utah Thursday. Forecasters say it could bring up to 10 inches of snow at higher elevations.
  
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Colorado snowpack is off to its worst start in more than 30 years. At least eight ski resorts in Colorado and New Mexico have postponed their opening day.
  
Water managers pay close attention to the Rocky Mountain snowfall because it demines how much water flows into the Colorado River, the lifeblood of the Southwest.

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