Drought conditions remained unchanged from last week, according to the weekly drought monitor map from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, released Thursday.
Little to no rain fell last week in Central Missouri, according to the National Weather Service. Small portions of northern Cole and western Callaway counties remain in extreme drought, the second-most severe drought level on the USDA's drought severity scale. Other portions of northern Cole, western Callaway and Moniteau counties sit in severe drought, the third-most severe level on the scale.
Sometimes heavy rains delivered as much as 5 inches more precipitation than normal in portions of the area over parts of August, which helped ease drought conditions.
Jefferson City has a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Friday and a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Monday, according to NWS forecasts.