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Despite snow depths, 35% of Wisconsin in drought

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - With all the snow on the ground, you may find it hard to believe that just over a third of Wisconsin is still officially in a drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says 35 percent of the state's land area is abnormally dry or worse. That's only about five percent less than in early December.

Instead of seeping into the ground, mountains of snow are piling up next to roads, parking lots, and driveways.

Average snow depths range from four-inches at Cedarburg to 34 inches at Phelps. Most of the southwest quarter of Wisconsin is abnormally dry, along with a south central region as far east as Ripon.

Sizable parts of nine counties are in a moderate drought west of Eau Claire and in the Adams-Friendship area.

It will be interesting to see how much snow seeps in when temperatures rise above freezing. Most of Wisconsin is expected to have highs at least in the upper 30s for four of the next five days. The coolest day should be Saturday.

By Monday, the forecast calls for highs in the mid-to-upper 40's statewide.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)