Looking ahead, the drought report says stormy weather should continue December 17-21, across the Pacific Northwest, northern California, most of Idaho, and adjacent parts of surrounding states.
"Precipitation totals in most of the area should be moderate, ranging from about an inch to a few inches, but areas from the Cascades to the West Coast will likely get soaked again," the report noted. "More than a foot could fall on parts of coastal Oregon."
The U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook released December 17 forecasts that "drought removal is likely" for part of northwest and southeast California and western Oregon. But "drought remains but improves" in much of California, Nevada and Oregon, while "drought persists" in central and eastern Washington.