Experts: Western Nevada Faces Severe Drought Conditions

A lackluster winter and higher than normal temperatures are causing significant drought conditions in Western Nevada and the Sierra.

Experts say while urban water needs in the Reno-area will be adequate thanks to two previous wet winters and reservoir storage
on the Truckee River, drought conditions in the high country and outlying regions will be severe.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts the dry conditions will persist or intensify through the summer.

Experts say severe drought conditions across western Nevada and
the Sierra will stress vegetation and wildlife, and could fuel a particularly active wildfire season.

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