According to today's Drought Monitor report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), precipitation during the first half of March further eroded any remaining drought—mainly across southeastern Michigan and parts of Minnesota and Iowa.

In Michigan, west of the existing area of moderate drought (D1), Grand Rapids received a daily-record snowfall of 8.7 inches on March 10. A day later, Des Moines, IA, netted a daily-record snowfall of 6.4 inches.

In many areas of the far upper Midwest, snow has been on the ground since November. Specifically, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, has had a continuous snow cover since November 29, with the depth peaking at 16 inches in early January. By March 14, the Twin Cities still had 11 inches of snow on the ground.