Drought conditions have not improved

Portions of western Massachusetts remain under "extreme drought"

Latest drought status in Massachusetts. Areas in red are under "extreme drought," orange areas are under "severe drought," brown areas in "moderate drought," and yellow areas are "abnormally dry."

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite some snow and rain earlier this week, our ongoing drought continues. Indeed, some areas of western Massachusetts are still in the Extreme Drought category.

Many areas picked up between 3 to 6 inches of snow earlier this week along with some rain, but it wasn’t enough to change our drought status.

“I have a feeling that unless it snows a whole lot more, we’re still going to have some issues with the drought,” George Torrey of Longmeadow said.

The Drought Warning that was issued by the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs remains in effect for most of the state, because groundwater and stream flow levels continue to be below normal. Water levels along the Connecticut River also continue to be much lower than normal.

Many cities and towns continue to have water restrictions in place.

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