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SILVERTON, Colo. -- Parts of San Juan County in southwest Colorado have been getting socked with snow this week.

It’s good news for those communities, given the drought situation they’ve been dealing with since last season.

Silverton looked more like a winter wonderland on Wednesday as another fast-moving snowstorm moved into the area, dumping several inches.

Silverton Mountain ski area typically sees 400 inches of snow during a normal season, but last year it only reported 165 inches.

The snowfall this week has been a blessing for area residents.

“For the morale here after such a bad summer and winter, this is the greatest thing ever. Just listening to people talking at breakfast this morning, everyone’s spirits are just high right now,” said JP, a Silverton resident.

The southwest pocket of Colorado, including Silverton, is listed as having exceptional’ drought, which is considered the worst in the state.