2014 has gotten off to a warm and dry start in Lake County and most of California, and forecasters say that isn’t going to change in the near future. The US Drought Monitor’s latest report has Lake County listed as being in “severe drought.” In an interview this week with Lake County News, Ken Clark, an AccuWeather senior meteorologist, says there’s practically no chance of getting close to normal amounts of rainfall for the rest of the winter. In light of the continuing water shortage & lack of any significant rainfall forecast, the City of Willits expects to declare a Phase three water shortage emergency at the City Council meeting Jan 8th. For now, they’re asking the community to implement the steps voluntarily as soon as possible. All commercial & industrial users should reduce use by 15%; residential use is limited to 250 gallons a day.