DENVER (AP) — March is a make-or-break month for relieving drought conditions in Colorado.

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State climatologist Nolan Doesken says a series of snow storms or one monster blizzard, like the one in 2003, would go a long way to improve conditions along the Front Range and Eastern Plains.

Last year the state dried out during an extremely dry and warm March, which also marked the start of a deadly wildfire season.

Doesken said this week's series of storms benefited any areas that got at least 7 inches of snow, the equivalent of about a half inch of water.