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Lots of snow in some places doesn't mean drought is done

HELENA - Montana's western mountains and eastern plains are covered with more snow than a year ago, but that doesn't mean the state's lingering drought has loosened its grip, the Drought Advisory Committee learned Friday.

In its first meeting of the year, the committee was warned that the severity of drought this year still will depend on additional snowfall, how it all melts and the amount of spring rain.

''We're looking at conditions better than where we were last year,'' said Roy Kaiser, water supply specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Servi...


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