DROUGHT OUTLOOK: Ratings Improve Slightly

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The rain and snow that has come with March may have caused a headache for many Iowans, but it did have a positive impact on the drought report.

Though still below normal, drought conditions are improving across the state.

The latest reports show 75-percent of the state is under some level of drought, but that is down from 99-percent just last week.

The worst drought conditions remain in northwest Iowa.

According to the National Weather Service frozen grounds prevented moisture from reaching deep soil which could have improved the drought ratings further.

Experts believe the drought will persist through the spring.

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