GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Drought conditions in Wisconsin have not changed much in the last week – but things could improve Thursday, with rain in the forecast statewide until this evening.
The U.S. Drought Monitor released its weekly map Thursday morning, reflecting drought conditions as of Tuesday. Just over 51 percent of the state’s land area was listed as being in drought – same as a week ago.
All or parts of 12 southern-most counties are still considered to have “extreme” drought conditions.
Milwaukee and Madison are no longer in the state’s worst drought category. But they’re still listed as being in a “severe” drought region, in a territory that stretches northward to La Crosse, Neillsville, and the Wisconsin Rapids area.
Moderate drought conditions stretch along a curve from Alma to Marshfield to Appleton to Port Washington. It’s abnormally dry along a curve from Eau Claire to Wausau to Manitowoc.
The National Weather Service says two low-pressure systems are bringing rain to the state Thursday. By mid-morning, Whitehall reported the most, with almost nine-tenths-of-an-inch.
Parts of northwest Wisconsin had trees and power lines down as part of a wave of thunderstorms that hit eastern Minnesota late Wednesday night. Some roads were blocked at Hudson.