The drought continues to worsen in Indiana, with 30 percent of the state now in extreme drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitor released updated information on Thursday morning, tracking drought conditions across the state.
Portions of central Indiana, including Marion, Johnson and Morgan counties, along with parts of Hendricks, Putnam, Owen and Monroe counties, are now classified as being in extreme drought. Last week, those same areas were in severe drought.
A large swath of northern Indiana and a large part of southwestern Indiana are also in extreme drought, with a small sliver of far southwestern Indiana in exceptional drought, the worst level.
Just three months ago, less than 10 percent of Indiana had any precipitation shortage.
The red areas of this picture signify areas of extreme drought. Central Indiana is now included.
There could be a little relief on the way for at least parts of Indiana, but Storm Team 6 meteorologist Todd Klaassen said it would only put a small dent in the overall situation, at best.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast through the weekend, but some areas may not get much.
Forecast models are currently showing up to a quarter-inch of rain in areas north of Indianapolis, with pockets of up to a half-inch of rain south of Indianapolis.
Heavier rainfall potential will stay south of Indiana.
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