This year is the slowest start to the snow season since 1981.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Colorado needs snow but we're not as bad as many would have you believe. No question it's been dry this winter but the mountains are at 54% snowpack and that's ahead of the 1981 record. Because of last year's record snowfall, most of the state's reservoirs are still at "comfortable levels" right now.

Karl Wetlaufer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says "It's not time to worry, but it's time to really start watching."

Dry or not, help appears to be on the way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the mountains. Snow is expected to start Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected.

That's good news for the slopes. Ski area forecasts predict the best powder days to be Wednesday afternoon into Thursday with 6-12" additional snowfall. That will be followed up with another round of snow across the northern and north-central mountains on Thursday night through Friday afternoon, with an additional 2-4 expected.

Credit: 9News