Recent heavy rains have caused flooding of many area rivers, but the drought is holding firm in North Georgia and the Carolinas.
Data from NOAA show only light snow cover over the Southern and Central Appalachian Mountains. Meteorologists say they wouldn't expect the melting snow in the spring to mitigate the drought in the Southeastern U.S. This could be problematic for Lake Lanier, which still suffers from low water levels. The heavier rains and snows in the Ohio Valley are expected to flow toward the Mississippi River, which would have little impact on Southeast Rivers.