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Wisconsin has a better than even chance of getting above-average precipitation from now until the end of May. And if that forecast holds true, assistant state climatologist Ed Hopkins says we probably will have dug ourselves out of the drought that has plagued the Badger State since last summer. New figures show that about 85-percent of Wisconsin’s land area remains abnormally dry or worse – and much of the northwest part of the state is still in a severe drought. But conditions have improved this winter in certain parts of the state, especially in the Milwaukee region which just recently lost its moderate drought status. Climatologist Brian Fuchs of the U-S Drought Monitor says we won’t know the impact of the snowy winter until it all meets – and we see how much seeps into the ground instead of running off. Some U-W experts say farmers still face a lot of uncertainty. U-W Madison agronomy professor Joe Lauer says farmers should keep as many options open as possible. Forecasters expect dry weather throughout Wisconsin into early next week, except for scattered flurries tomorrow night and a slight chance of snow on Monday and Tuesday.