SALT LAKE CITY — During this unprecedented Utah winter, many are wondering how much the snowfall will help end the state's drought and fill the Great Salt Lake.

While the drought status of the majority of Utah continues to lessen each week, the good news continues at the lake.

On Wednesday, the Great Salt Lake was measured at 3 feet higher than its historic low reached last November.

The lake hit 4191.5 feet above sea level at 2:15 p.m., which is a yard over the record low of 4188.5 feet.

Even better, the large lake rise has come before the true snow runoff has begun. With Utah having already surpassed it's all-time snowpack numbers, the runoff could be epic, which would be great news for the lake.

The runoff could get underway in earnest next week when temperatures in northern Utah are expected to reach the 70s, just days after the current April storm wraps up.

It was only last week when none of the state was under "Exceptional Drought" status for the first time in three years. Currently, just under 20 percent of Utah, including the Salt Lake area, is in "Severe Drought" and those numbers continue to drop each week.

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Jeff Tavss Jeff Tavss Digital Executive Producer SOCIAL Jeff comes to KSTU after 30+ years in the media business in Miami. After an early stint as a sports producer at WPLG, Jeff moved on to become Executive Sports Producer at WAMI-TV, an upstart hyper-local station that was known as the home of the Miami Heat and Florida Marlins. Jeff spent eight years as the Executive Sports Producer at WTVJ (NBC) in Miami, covering all the major sporting events and teams in South Florida. While with WTVJ, Jeff worked with the NBC Olympics team in China to help the network cover the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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