Report: Colorado drought conditions dramatically reduced

According to U.S. Drought Monitor, areas in yellow are classified as "abnormally dry," areas in tan are in a "moderate drought," and areas in orange are in a "severe drought."
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DENVER (KKTV) - A wetter February and March has helped pull much of Colorado out of harsh drought conditions.

The U.S. Drought Portal shows only 46.1 percent of Colorado in some kind of drought status, down from 83 percent last week. Much of that 46 percent is listed as "abnormally dry," the lowest status on the U.S. Drought Monitor.

A graphic on Denver paper The Colorado Sun's website highlights the dramatic reduction in drought condition from mid-December to mid-March. In December, large swaths of the state were classified under the top three highest statuses on U.S. Drought Monitor's five-point scale.

Even from February to late March show a striking change.

As of this week, there are no more extreme or exceptional drought conditions in the state, and less than 1 percent of the state is in a severe drought.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that the state's snowpack is 141 percent of normal and at 205 percent of last year's level.