Statewide Iowa — April wrapped up on a very dry note Friday and the state’s drought conditions are worsening in some areas.

State climatologist Justin Glisan says the latest drought map from the US Drought Monitor has a new “D-1” area of moderate drought that’s appeared in northeast Iowa. Also, the vast majority of the state is now considered abnormally dry, which Glisan says is something of a warning.

The map shows the northwestern area of the state continues to be the driest.

Forecasters are calling for a chance of rain early next week and turning the calendar page may bring a change in the drought conditions.

On the plus side, in recent weeks there was a large patch of D-3 — or extreme drought — covering several northwest Iowa counties, which is just below the worst category, D-4, for exceptional drought. This latest map shows no D-3 in Iowa at all.

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