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Abnormally Dry Conditions Persist in Portions of Illinois

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The U.S. Drought Monitor says portions of Central and Western Illinois remain abnormally dry. The agency’s update includes all of Peoria county and portions of Tazewell, Woodford and McLean counties for the second consecutive week.

Recent rains improved conditions in Marshall, Stark and Knox counties, although portions of each remain on the drought map. “Abnormally dry” is the lowest of five intensity levels used to measure drought conditions across the United States. There is a slight chance for showers tomorrow afternoon across the WCBU listening area. Thunderstorms are in the forecast Saturday night through Sunday.