Winter not expected to end California drought

Oct 16, 2014 1:06 PM by News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Federal forecasters don't expect California to get enough rain and snow this winter to end the state's ongoing drought.

Mike Halpert, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center, said Thursday there's a slight chance of above average rain and snow in the northern and southern parts of the state from December to February, when the state experiences much of its yearly precipitation. But he said it will still not be enough to make up for three consecutive dry years.

Forecasters say 60 percent of California is currently experiencing exceptional drought.

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