Lack of winter snow is creating drought conditions in parts of Minnesota

Snow levels have been well below average so far this winter.

Some parts of Minnesota have had so little snow this winter that they are officially in drought.

That's according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which has highlighted two areas, in West Central Minnesota and in North Central Minnesota, that are considered to be in "moderate drought" following an unusually dry winter.

Large areas of western and northern Minnesota meanwhile are considered to be "abnormally dry."

The National Weather Service (NWS) notes that some parts of the state have had 10-20 fewer inches of snow than usual by the time of winter.

Strangely though, the area of northern Minnesota that is in drought has actually had more snow than on average.

The Twin Cities is not in drought, though it too has seen less snow than usual.

The NWS says we've had 5.4 inches less snow than the average for this time of year, so it's a good job we had that 12-inch dump a few weeks back.

The map below shows that the drought-afflicted area of West Central Minnesota has only had between 6 inches and a foot of snow this winter.

FOX 9 reports that drought-like conditions are being seen in other parts of the country too.

A lack of moisture has resulted in fewer large storm systems, causing drought to spread across two-thirds of the U.S.

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