BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's state climatologist says drought conditions could continue into this year.

Adnan Akyuz (AHD'-non AW'-kewz) tells the Bismarck Tribune that the potential for drought comes as wetter-than-normal weather is expected in February and March.

Akyuz says the lack of snow so far this winter makes the state vulnerable for drought as spring approaches.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows nearly 97 percent of North Dakota is abnormally dry, and 61 percent of the state is experiencing moderate drought.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com