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Drought conditions begin to ease in Wisconsin


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - There’s a silver lining in Wisconsin’s long, snowy winter – the state’s intense drought conditions are finally starting to ease up.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says 77 percent of the state’s land area is abnormally dry or worse. That’s down by 7 percent a week ago.

Almost a quarter of Wisconsin is no longer in drought – mostly in eastern and south central areas, along with a small patch in the far southwest. All of Milwaukee County has finally escaped the drought, along with Madison and the Wisconsin Dells area.

But 21 percent of the Badger State remains in a severe drought, in far west and northwest regions.

Much of Wisconsin had snow and-or freezing rain on most days in March. But that’s eased up for now.

Clear to partly cloudy skies are expected statewide through most of the weekend. The Wisconsin-Illinois border could get light snow on Sunday, and lake effect snow could return early next week close to Lake Superior in the far north.