Snow storm in rural AmericaWhile drought conditions are still common from the High Plains west, the system that moved through the country last week and earlier this week delivered much-needed moisture to the central U.S. Rain in excess of three inches fell from the Texas Panhandle to Arkansas, and snowfall between 24 and 40 inches was common in parts of Colorado and Wyoming. There remain dry spots; last week’s U.S. Drought Monitor showed advancing drought in North Dakota, where the entire state is experiencing severe or moderate drought. While the Southeast is expected to see spring storms — some severe — in the next two days, upcoming systems could also deliver at least spotty rainfall to the driest portions of the northern Plains. When the U.S. Drought Monitor releases its weekly report Thursday, one weather expert expects it to show some considerable week-over-week improvements in drought conditions. See more of the latest weather analysis.