Despite Recent Wet Spell, Drought Continues

New Mexico – Mother Nature has dumped more than two feet of snow in two weeks at some of New Mexico's ski resorts. Schoolchildren have rejoiced at news of cancelled classes, and highway workers have been busy keeping the state's roads clear.

And forecasters say there's more moisture on the way.

So what happened to that pesky drought that had New Mexico firmly in its grasp for the past year?

Its grip has been loosened on some parts of the state thanks to a series of recent storms, but forecasters say New Mexico is far from being out of the woods.

A map released this week shows the severity of the drought had lessened in the western half of the state, but nearly 40 percent of New Mexico continues to be plagued with the two worst categories of drought.

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