Wet April helps, but most of Utah still in drought

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A pattern of wet weather the past three weeks is helping boost Utah’s water supply, but most of the state remains in the clutches of a severe or moderate drought.

The latest report released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday said drought conditions are inching west and predicted to persist or worsen in the coming months.

Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, says a good sized storm dropped some significant precipitation in southern Utah March 9-11. But otherwise, he told The Deseret News that last month was exceptionally dry.

McInerney says that April has been cool enough so far to help delay snowmelt. In the northeastern Uintas and Wasatch Mountains, storms actually delivered more snow at a time it’s usually melting.

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