NM starts 2014 with severe drought

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The first two months of 2014 have marked the driest start to any year on record for New Mexico.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say things haven’t improved.

Meteorologists say the state got less than a third of its normal snow and rain over the winter

The latest drought map shows conditions have gotten worse over the past three months with areas covered by severe drought conditions or worse, nearly doubling since December.

Federal wildlife managers are scrambling to find enough water to keep the Rio Grande river flowing this summer.

They’ve asked commission members for help.

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