More snow storms needed to boost Arizona's water supply

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Let it snow!  Weather experts say more snowstorms are needed to boost Arizona's water supply.

Still, the latest data released Thursday by the US Drought Monitor shows Arizona's drought status overall has greatly improved since 2015.

Most of the state has transitioned from moderate and extreme drought designation to a less critical threshold, largely in part to this winter's snowfall in Northern Arizona.

Meteorologist Mark O'Malley of the National Weather Service in Phoenix discusses how this snow has impacted Arizona's water supply, and why more snow is needed to fill reservoirs for the year.

He says the improvement in drought conditions is largely due to several rounds of snow in the high country.

"The key in Arizona is getting snow on the mountains in the winter. That directly leads to water in our reservoirs that we use for the rest of the year," he said.

 "We need several more winters like this to get the reservoirs totally full for Phoenix. This is a good a start, but it's not the end," he added.

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