It remains to be seen what effect rain over the past few days will have on the drought that continues to grip much of the region. 

According to the Federal Government’s Drought Monitor website, much of the Tri-State area, including Hillsdale and Branch counties, is dealing with moderate drought conditions. 

Eastern Jackson County, along with portions of Northern Lenawee County are dealing with severe drought conditions. 

Most of the US, with the exception of the Mid-South and Northeast, is under some level of drought conditions according to the US Department of Agriculture. 

Recent rain totals may bring some improvement when conditions are updated Thursday. 

News, Public Service

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