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Only slight chance of rain in Jamestown area as drought continues

The forecast for the week from the National Weather Service includes only a slight chance of precipitation.

Drought monitor April 1
The light tan of southeast North Dakota indicates a moderate drought. The darker tan covering Stutsman County indicates a severe drought while the red of the western part of North Dakota indicates extreme drought. Forecasts from the National Weather Service indicate the best possibility of rain this week is in southeast North Dakota. National Drought Monitoring Center
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The National Weather Service used the term "slight" in reference to the chance of rain or even snow falling in the Jamestown area this week, according to Todd Hamilton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

"The better chance of rain is not in North Dakota but across South Dakota and southern Minnesota," he said. "The further south and east you go in North Dakota the better the chance but across the Jamestown area it is a slight chance."

The U.S. Drought Monitor map issued April 1 placed almost all of Stutsman County under a severe drought. A small sliver of the easter edge of the county is classified as under moderate drought conditions.

The best of the slight chance of rain in Jamestown is Wednesday into Wednesday night. The best forecast estimates the rain could amount to as much as 0.10 inches of rain in the Jamestown area with areas to the south closer to the state border getting as much as 0.25 inches of rain.

Southeast North Dakota has been the least affected by the drought this year and is in a moderate drought category as of the April 1 Drought Monitor map.

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"Not enough to end the drought," Hamilton said, "but it is the best chance we've had to see some precipitation in some time."

While the system isn't bringing much rain to the region, it will lower the fire danger in the area, Hamilton said. The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for Monday for most of North Dakota.

"It will be a cooler week even if it stays dry," he said. "Still breezy and windy but it doesn't look like we'll have several days of warm and windy weather. It is an improvement as far as fire weather."

Looking ahead, the National Weather Service forecast calls for unsettled weather running into next week. Those conditions include some cooler weather, winds at times and additional possibilities of rain in the region.

"Nothing right now that sticks out as to end the drought," Hamilton said.

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