- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s drought has eased after an abundance of rain and snow that built up the state’s snowpack, but dry weather lies ahead.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones tells The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2jyPb5J ) that it is the wettest start to a calendar year since 2005.

Many parts of New Mexico received up to four times the normal precipitation rate for January. Snowpacks at or above average also top most mountains in the region.

But Jones says the week should remind New Mexicans that they live in a desert. He expects mild, sunny weather with highs in the 50s and 60s across most of the state.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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