In a winter when a normal amount of snowfall in Colorado won’t be enough to adequately counter the effects of ongoing drought, snowpack accumulations so far are heading in the wrong direction, currently at about three-quarters of normal.

Statewide snowpack was at 74% of median Thursday, with percentages even lower in area basins, at 68% for the Gunnison River Basin and 70% for the Upper Colorado River Basin, according to Natural Resources Conservation Service data.