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California's drought nearly vanishes as rain drenches Golden State

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-10 10:52:32-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- As rain continues to soak California, the state is almost entirely out of a drought.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor's most recent report out Thursday, the only part of the state still experiencing any form of drought is a portion of extreme Northern California.

As seen in the image below, those counties are only in a "moderate drought," the lowest level in the rating system.

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The report also shows that more than 87 percent of the state is out of the drought.

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Though none of San Diego County is currently experiencing drought conditions, the monitor shows that the county is still "abnormally dry."

The change happened fairly quickly. A report released on January 1, 2019 shows most of the state experiencing some form of drought. Click here to compare reports from other times.

The report comes as parts of Northern California expect to see snow over the weekend and Southern California is due for more rain beginning Saturday.

Images from NASA show a significant difference in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 2019 compared to 2018.

Thursday, the California Department of Water Resources said the Sierra Nevada snowpack is currently 153 percent of average.

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