May 25 2018 06:13 AM

Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah are dealing with exceptional drought.

Climatologists provided an update on May 23 on the drought situation in the Four Corners region of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.

The area is dealing with exceptional drought, which is the worst category, according to KOB.

It’s reported that the drought has hit the Colorado River hard and the river will only carry about 43 percent of its average amount of water this year into Lake Powell, one of two big reservoirs on the system.

KOB reported that there’s a 52 percent chance that Mexico, Arizona and Nevada will take a mandatory cut in their share of water in 2020 under the agreements governing the river.

The Albuquerque, New Mexico area saw its first major dose of rain on May 22, bringing an end to a 54-day dry spell but it wasn’t enough to make up for months without much precipitation.