East Troublesome Fire. Photo Credit: Jessy Ellenberger via AP.

East Troublesome Fire. Photo Credit: Jessy Ellenberger via AP.

As dry conditions continue in Colorado, the severity of drought continues to increase.

Measured on a scale from "D0" (abnormally dry) to "D4" (exceptional drought), 77.72  percent of Colorado now falls into the "D3" (extreme drought) range or worse. It's also estimated that 21.82 percent of Colorado is now experiencing "D4" levels of drought, the worst level on the drought scale. The worst drought is found in the western portion of the state, though severe drought conditions are widespread.

When data was released just over a week ago on October 13, just 59.23 percent of the state was experiencing "D3" conditions or worse, with 16.72 percent of the state under "D4" level drought.

While a significant uptick in drought took place over the last few days, up to 24 inches of snow may fall around Colorado during an incoming storm. This is expected to help the drought situation and many hope that the snow could help calm the multiple massive fires that continue to burn without full containment, including the East Troublesome Fire and the Cameron Peak Fire.

See more information about drought in Colorado here.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside

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