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Just over 40% of Wisconsin is abnormally dry

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - More of Wisconsin became drought free during the past week. 

The U.S. Drought Monitor says just over 40 percent of the state's land area is abnormally dry or worse. That's down by almost 10 percent from the week before. 

A small part of western Wisconsin remains in a severe drought from Ellsworth to Fairchild. About a quarter of the state is still in a moderate drought, mostly in western and southwest areas. 

Around the eastern half of Wisconsin is now drought free, along with a good share of the northwest.

Much of the northern half of Wisconsin had snow this week. Parts of Taylor County got up to five inches. Some of it stayed around, as it got colder late in the week. 

Mid-afternoon temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark throughout the state, ranging from 26 in Superior to 37 in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha. 

It's supposed to get much colder during the weekend, with some places not leaving the teens Saturday. Parts of the northwest could be below zero by Sunday morning.