Sep 21, 2014 5:28 PM
Federal forecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California.
The National Weather Service is predicting below-normal precipitation and normal or above-normal temperatures in the week ahead, and experts say the three-year drought isn't likely to be relieved in October, November and December.
In Reno, the Truckee River already is a trickle - flowing at its lowest level in two decades for this time of year.
Officials say Lake Tahoe is close to dropping to its natural rim for the first time since October 2009.
As of Thursday, 81 percent of Nevada had severe drought conditions or worse.
Half of Utah was reporting moderate drought and 16 percent severe drought.