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Drought in Northeast US expected to persist through February

Waterfront cabins are seen on Lake Winnipesaukee Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Laconia, N.H. The long-running drought in much of the Northeastern United States is expected to persist through the winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows dry conditions continuing through February throughout New England. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Waterfront cabins are seen on Lake Winnipesaukee Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Laconia, N.H. The long-running drought in much of the Northeastern United States is expected to persist through the winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows dry conditions continuing through February throughout New England. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)  (The Associated Press)

The long-running drought in much of the Northeastern United States is expected to persist through the winter.

The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows dry conditions continuing through February throughout New England and the only relief coming in parts of upstate New York, where some drought-stricken areas could see improving conditions.

The drought is the worst seen in more than a decade. It has been devastating to farmers and resulted in water restrictions in many places. It has dried up drinking wells and dropped lake levels.

Drought also is expected to persist in much of the Southeast, the Southwest as well as parts of the Midwest and California.