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Worsening drought in parts of mid-Missouri

With little rain or snowfall within the past two months Missouri has been seeing widespread drought conditions, which have just worsened. The updated U.S. Drought Monitor shows the small sliver of mid-Missouri that was not under abnormally conditions as of last week, now is. This area includes parts of Montgomery, Callaway, and Cole Counties. Pulaski, Maries, and Gasconade Counties are still experiencing the driest conditions of the area as they are in a severe drought. In far southern Missouri, towards West Plains, there is now a small area in an extreme drought. No areas in Missouri showed improvements from last week.

Luckily, there is a rain chance by this weekend, but unfortunately not much rainfall is expected. Sunday morning, showers will increase south to north, with the greater rainfall totals towards I-44. Most areas will only see a light sprinkling. North of I-70 totals will likely be less the .10″, with most areas only seeing a few hundredths of an inch. South of I-70 totals could range as high as .25″, but still not enough to see improvements to the drought.

The ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team will continue to track rain chances and how they could impact the extremely dry conditions across the state of Missouri.

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