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Most of Wisconsin no longer in drought after late winter snowfall


MADISON, WI (WATQ) - The most devastating drought in years continues to vanish in Wisconsin, as the late winter keeps providing much-needed moisture.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that only about 14-percent of the state’s land area is abnormally dry.

The entire state is now drought-free, except for a small stretch in northwest and north central Wisconsin.

Only a small part of the northwest remains in a moderate drought.  That’s along the Saint Croix River in Burnett and Polk counties.

The abnormally dry area stretches from Grantsburg and Minocqua to the north, to Somerset, Menomonie, and Tomahawk to the south.

Mellen in Ashland County had the most snow last week, with just over 21 inches.

That entire county is no longer in a drought. In fact, it was raining late Thursday morning in Ashland – along with scattered places in the northern and western halves of Wisconsin.