Russell County remains in ‘moderate drought’

Russell County and the rest of the Lake Cumberland area continues to be in a “moderate drought,” according to the latest U.S. Drought Index.

With the rainfall earlier this week that came after drought indices were calculated and more rain expected this coming Sunday into Monday, those numbers will be taken into account when determining drought levels for next week’s Drought Monitor update, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville.

A portion of severe drought has now expanded into area of central Kentucky while much of eastern Kentucky is labeled only as “abnormally dry” or not currently seeing drought conditions. Far western Kentucky is now experiencing “extreme drought” conditions.