CALIFORNIA—This season’s rainfall has pushed nearly half of California outside of drought conditions, according to a recent report.

The United States Drought Monitor reported that California is about 49 percent drought-free, the highest percentage since April 2013. Just one year ago only five percent of the state was drought-free.

“We’re finally seeing enough precipitation falling to make a significant dent. These are tangible improvements. There’s a difference between above-normal and ridiculous, which is what you’ve seen recently,” said Richard Tinker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the report.

The northern half of California, from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Oregon border, is now classified as drought-free.

The San Francisco Bay Area is currently seeing its wettest January since 1998, the National Weather Service reports.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, northern California has received as much as 9 inches of rain, while central and south central California has seen one inch of rain in the past week.

Despite the season’s recent rainfall and snow, California is still under a drought state of emergency, as declared by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014.

Brown’s administration team said it will likely wait until April to decided whether to lift the state of emergency or amend the declaration to apply to only the driest parts of the state.

“All this rain and snowfall will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the drought, but we just don’t know yet for certain what that total impact will be. Something we do know is that groundwater takes a long time to replenish once it has been depleted,” said Doug Carlson, a spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources told The Mercury News.