It’s been a wet winter; here’s how that’s affected California drought conditions


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Rain, rain, and more rain — the Bay Area as well as much of the state has seen well above the average this winter. 

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than 34 percent of the state, including the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, plus the Sierra Nevada, is free of any significant dryness. 

While much of the higher Sierra Nevada received 4 to 8 inches with locally higher amounts, coastal areas from Los Angeles north the Bay received 3 to 6 inches of precipitation. 

Right now officials say only parts of the interior valleys like the Mojave Desert and northeastern sections of the state received less than an inch. 

RELATED: Click here to view an interactive map of the drought conditions in California. 

As you can see in the map above, many counties in the Bay Area including Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara are reporting no intensity in the drought monitor. 

Coastal counties like San Mateo and Santa Cruz are registered yellow, or D0/Abnormally Dry. 

During the next few days, a large storm system is expected to bring heavy rain, freezing rain, and snow statewide. 

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