Dry winter drags on in Arizona

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There hasn't been a lot of snow in the higher elevations for Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) There hasn't been a lot of snow in the higher elevations for Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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The new data released by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought continuing throughout most of Arizona. 

"Severe Drought" encompassed a good portion of eastern Arizona which has had very little snow this winter. Look for the swath of orange that is painted over eastern AZ.

[MOBILE/APP USERS: See photo of drought conditions map in Arizona for 2018]

Places like Alpine, Arizona, only saw trace amounts of snow in December when they should have closer to 8 inches for the month. 

The story is same for many normally snowy locations around northern Arizona. 

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The 2016/2017 winter brought more snow, much more than we have seen so far. 

And if we look at the drought maps same at time frame in 2017 we can see the drought picture was much better. 

[RELATED: Finally snow! Here's where you can go enjoy it]

Many areas in northern and northwestern Arizona showed no signs of drought at all. Look for all the areas of white below. 

[MOBILE/APP USERS: See photo of drought conditions map in Arizona for 2017]

We still have some time to get a few good snow storms in, but the clock is definitely ticking! 

[INTERESTING! Winter records across Arizona]

The weekend will bring snow above 5,000 feet to Arizona, with 3 to 5 inches possible for places like Flagstaff. That will help, but we sure do need more! 

[READ MORE: Bundle up! A big winter storm heading to Arizona]

[MOBILE/APP USERS: See photo of mountains in northern Arizona with little snow]

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