Drought conditions persist in northeastern Wyoming

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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Drought conditions are persisting in northeastern Wyoming.

The region has seen months of warmer-than-average temperatures combined with very dry conditions.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, issued a recent update on the ongoing drought saying severe drought conditions are continuing in portions of western South Dakota and portions of northeastern Wyoming.

Agency hydrologist Melissa Smith says some areas have seen ongoing drought conditions since May. She says recent cold temperatures have caused the ground to freeze. That will make it difficult for any melting snow to soak in and improve soil moisture conditions, meaning that areas of drought will persist through much of the winter.