PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The recent string of storms that hit Arizona has helped the state's drought problem. But we still need a lot more rain and snow.

According to National Integrated Drought Information System, for the first time this year, there is a sliver of the Grand Canyon State that isn't in a state of drought. It's south and east of Yuma.

Overall, 99% of Arizona is in some sort of drought, with more than half of the state in the worst stage of drought called "exceptional drought."

"I think I would be more excited than I was two weeks ago, but I wouldn't be all that excited," said Rich Tinker, a drought expert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The improvements to Arizona's drought status might be short-lived, as Arizona won't see any chance of precipitation for the next 10 days.

Rain, snow to bring much needed drought-relief to Arizona ahead of fire season

According to the National Weather Service, late last month, more than 2 feet of snow fell in parts of Flagstaff, Prescott, Payson and Show Low, thanks to a few storms. The snowpack is better than just rain in the high country. So experts will be hoping for more snow in the coming weeks.

 

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